Updated 2020: for links and images etc
Facebook-Free for October
And so begins another, potentially, life-changing month…Considering going Facebook-free for October. Recently, I’ve come across a few articles about Facebook that have made me think about the time spent on there. You know what I mean, standing in line at the bank or the grocery story, on public transport, when out for a meal and your friend (or whoever) nips off to the loo, etc – what’s the first thing we do?
We pull out those phones and scan the news feed to see what everyone else is doing!
I Have Facebook Fatigue
First off, let me start by saying that I have a love/loathe sort of relationship with the platform to begin with. How I feel about it usually is determined by how I am feeling in general.
More often than not, I think FB can be a tedious, draining, boring, narcissistic sort of place. Of course, it can also be fun, funny, interesting, stimulating and altruistic in equal measure. It can be wonderful to see what your family and real friends are up to. It allows us to share, virtually, those weddings, parties, holidays, new babies, pets, or first days of school (yawn),…With people in far flung places around the world.
All That Glitters….
Last week though, an old friend shared an Onion article about the Facebook Version of a Marriage Going Great that did strike a cord in me. It’s like we all have Facebook versions of our lives. Makes sense really doesn’t it? From the sidelines it can be isolating to witness these sorts of things.
There was another one from the Economist, Facebook is Bad For You – Get a Life. Both of these pieces have been on my mind. Frankly, it’s good to know I am not the only with these sorts of feelings for ole FB.
As I’ve been contemplating how to better use my time, I figured there are so many more things I can be doing with it than spectating on what everyone else is doing – for an hour or two a day.
My aim this month then will be to work harder (especially at building my new business!), read more books (not just social media books either), be more social, face-to-face, with my friends/colleagues/associates and of course exercise more. Well, that’s the plan at any rate.
There is one caveat, I will need to continue with one or two Facebook pages that I run, like So You’ve Been Dumped Stories, but most of these can be done via 3rd party apps such as Sprout Social or HootSuite…
Find me on Google+
Updated 2022: Sadly Google+ is no more!
I attended a HootUp last week in Glasgow and after it, a few associates and I were talking about the difference between Facebook and Google+. To me, it’s like Facebook is a Frat party with your friends. It’s kinda fun at times, but there can be a lot of noise and mostly it’s just a lot of egos flying around. Google+, on the other hand, is a like a really cool dinner party with loads of interesting people that you don’t really know – but who you want to know. The posts tend to be informational, engaging, high caliber/quality, creative, etc. In a nutshell – a joy. And you know what? I’ve never once logged of Google+ scoffing. No narcissism to be found (amongst my circles anyway).
So yeah that’s where you’ll find me. Google+ or on Linkedin of course. (see links top right to connect with me there)…
Our Networking @ 29 Event
Oh yeah, speaking of which – two things to report did I happen to mention that 1) I’m doing FREE talk – “25 Tips to Rock Linkedin” at New Start Scotland (November 14 & 15) and 2) our next Networking @ 29 Event is about Google on October 30th? We’ve got three, esteemed speakers lined up We have: +Matthew Marley (from Zen) to talk about Google+! This guy has more people who’ve circled him than anyone I actually know in my circles! Kudos! +Mark Hunter (from Postable) to talk YouTube – he’s created over 700 videos – so man this guy knows his stuff! +Brian Tait (from Aillum) is an expert who will tells us what to look for in our damn, confounded Analytics! “Not Provided”? @$%#$ – WTF! 🙂
Before you go,…
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PS: By the way, I think any time is the right time to go Facebook-free for awhile, self-care is the new healthcare.