The reason I rarely write about it is mostly because I try to relate everything back to personal experiences, stories and tips I’ve picked up along the way. I still offer services for Facebook and have built quite a few pages myself, but it’s one place online where I’m strictly anti-business.
Americans my age experienced Facebook when it was just a place for registered college students to connect. It’s how I met people before actually heading to Davidson freshman year. It’s where my future roommate and I fell in roommate love before ever meeting.
When they opened up Facebook to nonstudents (and then the world), it felt like we had lost something. Like the “exclusive” community of college students who actually posted their interests and didn’t have to link to “pages” was gone.
Now it’s a marketing tool. Now I’m connected to my mom and I had to take down that dirty application off my profile. Now listing “my dog” as an interest links to nothing.
I’m not anti-Facebook. There are some fabulous companies doing incredible things. It’s a wealth of information and you can still connect with your college buddies and post photos of that-night-you-don’t-want-anyone-to-know-about-but-secretly-do-cuz-you-look-sort-of-hot.
Why there isn’t a Marian Librarian page
Because my profile is private, you’d think I’d have a page for Marian Librarian. It’s not that it isn’t in the cards, I just don’t feel like updating one more social media profile. Plus, I don’t have anything new to offer you at the moment. Right now, the majority of the information I provide is on the blog. I send out a weekly newsletter answering your social media questions, my work history is on LinkedIn and my chit chats are on Twitter. I don’t have time to deal with another profile while also monitoring my client’s online presence. A girl needs her limits.
To be honest, it’s nice having one place that’s not work related. The only people I add on Facebook are either friends I’ve met in real-life or readers who’s names I recognize and am comfortable sharing my personal information with.
As you can see, I do share blog posts and promote myself on Facebook. I don’t have an absurd amount of friends but I get a decent amount of blog traffic through the profile and I think it’s just because I’m sharing the info with “real” friends and they click out of support and/or curiosity. Since I’d be sharing the same info just on a page and inviting my friends and people who already read my blog anyway – what’s the point?
It’s such a relief logging on and not NEEDING to say anything. I can find out what my college roommate is up to or photo stalk that girl I totally wanted to be in high school. I can keep an eye on my brothers even though they’re on the other side of the world. I don’t need to impress or be useful or make sure to post every day. I can log on when I want and say what I want. It’s the bare bones of what social media is all about, really.
How do you use Facebook? And do you have any questions for me? I promise to write about it more if I have a better idea of the kind information you want!