…by using a different social media platform. I’ve been thinking a lot about social media this summer and even got my first paid speaking gig a few weeks back to talk about using social media in the classroom to the faculty of Mass Maritime Academy in September. And the idea I keep coming back to is I’m not getting a good return on the time I invest in Facebook.
This isn’t about Google+. I’ve barely spent any time there although I already see some advantages over Facebook and Twitter (the two social networks I spend the most time on) and LinkedIn (the one social network where I should spend more time). This isn’t really about the oft-sited privacy issues (although, for a person who is pretty much open and occasionally overshares for a living, even I am a bit creeped out by the facial recognition technology, and would kill for an easy way to untag all those photos of me drinking).
I sort of have the same feeling I had when I shut down my MySpace account a few years ago, which was, to quote Steve Langford, along the lines of “Who gives a s–t? Who gives a f–k?” But it’s not quite that either.
For now, I’m staying put and taking the advice of a friend who responded to an initial post I put up about this: moderation. I’m scaling back how much I use Facebook and going to limit myself to no more than one visit per weekday (so if you need to get in touch with me, find a different way).
And I may still decide to cancel my account altogether. Facebook wastes a lot of time for me, and a lot of that wasted time is because Facebook, for my purposes, is inefficient. What it comes down to is different services do all the things I use Facebook for, only better.
Here’s what I primarily use Facebook for (in no particular order):
- Share and store photos
- Status updates (both sharing my own and reading other people’s)
- Self promotion
- Keep in touch with old friends
And here are the services that handle each of the above better: