I rarely post anything “just” on Facebook, but I do usually cross-post my blog posts there. I started doing that simply because I know quite a few people who are active on Facebook who rarely look at blogs. Technology increasingly enabled me to integrate posts so I thought, why not, I’ll take advantage of that. When I started doing that visits to my blog initially rose, but then settled down to about the same level. What I hadn’t expected was dwindling comments on my blog, replaced with increased comments in the Facebook space. The trouble is that the blog space is much more interesting to me than Facebook and I would much rather any conversations take place there than on Facebook. I like the blogosphere because it offers me my own little corner of cyberspace and I can muck around there all I want. As well, it isn’t all cluttered up the way Facebook is cluttered up.
When I make a blog post, I currently have it set up so that it appears as a Tweet automatically and then I make a decision with each post if I am going to cross-post it to Facebook. I don’t make very many Tweets on my personal Twitter account that are not links to my blog posts. I do go on there and read tweets made by a select group of people. I sometimes will retweet other tweets, but I don’t spend much time messing about on my personal Twitter account. Interestingly, I find Twitter to be much more useful to me, and interesting as well, in my job than in my personal life.
It seems pretty clear to me that the major corporations who operate the social networks are trying to drive people from the blogosphere to the Facebook swamp and that mysterious space called Google + (what do people do over there anyway?). The fact that Google is de-commissioning the popular Google Reader is a case in point. I’m sure the bottom line is the bottom line – it’s easier to generate revenue from Facebook, it has a greater mass appeal, and it is all set up to gather scads of personal information from users along the way.
I’m considering keeping my blog posts off Facebook, at least most of the time. If I do that, I suppose I will lose some occasional readers, but then my content is not the most mainstream fare and I think those people who are really interested (I’m not sure why people would be interested in these posts exactly in any case, except that I’ve made some friends out there along the way and we do keep tabs on one another) will keep coming. I’m not saying I don’t see any value in participating in Facebook. For sure it gives me an opportunity to stay in touch with people I otherwise might lose touch with. On the other hand, some people who have “friended” me on Facebook might even be annoyed that I clutter up their news feed with links to things like fiddle, banjo and accordion music videos they have no interest in at all. In fact, one person I know sent me a nice email explaining that it was nothing personal but he had to “de-friend” me.
If you’ve read this far into this post, I’m interested in your opinion. If you like to visit this place, does it matter to you if my posts appear on Facebook as well?