Facebook Is Not The Boss Of Me
Some of you might have noticed that I tend to post only my blog posts to Facebook.
In a moment of disgust, I deleted Twitter all together. I never liked it anyway. Facebook is more problematic because I know so many people there who are actual friends and not "networking friends".
I'm sick of Facebook for the most part. Their censorship and bias is cringe-worthy even to someone with a centrist viewpoint.
But it got me thinking about what's really at stake. I hear people complain about Facebook all the time. Everybody knows it's taking and sharing our information to Facebook-friendly app developers and associates, (including tracking information), but nobody does anything more than grumble.
We forget that WE have the ultimate power, but it's only our power if we use it. So this is what I've done. Instead of allowing Facebook to take from me, I take from it.
I use its platform to post my blog posts. I sometimes comment on people's FB posts (but only if I have no other way to communicate with them). I will not click on any Facebook ad. Ever.
If it's something I'm interested in, I'll use a separate private window and search the net for that vendor.
In short, I use Facebook, but I don't let it use me. I don't want it to know anything more about me than it absolutely has to. To be fully transparent, I do respond to people who mention me or reply to my posts, but it's rare for me to go farther than that unless someone has lost a pet or gained one.
Most of you won't go through that trouble. You might think it gives you visibility for your books or products, but do some research before you blindly hand them credit. Have you really sold all that much through Facebook?
My analytics show that most of my reach comes through Pinterest, Google and DuckDuckGo searches. In all the years I've tracked my traffic, Facebook has never come up as a significant contributor.
I am on MeWe now. Although I have a few friends there, many still prefer to post on Facebook because they get more interaction.
It's hard to stop the addiction when you're rewarded with all those smiley, laughing, and oh-wow faces for every little thing you say.
Really? You're happy that someone gave you a thumb's up?
That is the extent of Facebook's reward system and in exchange they get to know your likes, dislikes, work, hobbies, food, the cars you drive, your sexual preference, your politics, religion, education, and your buying habits. You gave away too much for that smiley face. You deserve better.
All I can say is that change starts when one person stands up and says: No, I will not let you use me.
So this is me, saying no.
I've had several new people ask to friend me in recent weeks. I stopped accepting anymore friend requests since it won't do them any good if I don't interact.
If we're friends, we're friends even if I don't use Facebook to say it. If you want to talk, you probably have my email address, or we can talk on MeWe, or my blog. But I'm distancing myself from Facebook. It's not the social platform it used to be. Judging from its trajectory, it's getting frighteningly worse.
If for some reason Facebook decides to keep me from posting my articles, I will leave it entirely. I don't need it as much as it needs me.
I still have my Twitter account, but only so no one else can use my user ID. Maybe that's not an issue. I don't know. :shrug:
MeWe is tiny, but Facebook was once tiny too. There are too many gargantuan companies in the world. Too few giants making the rules without competition for our loyalty.
Every so often FB runs an ad on plants or pets that might look handy, but I'll never click that link. FB doesn't need anymore information about my spending habits.
And you are right about the algorithms. It's time we started using their tools against them.
Greg has used FB marketplace a couple of times, but we've had much greater success with NextDoor for farm and garden stuff.
I hope you and your family are doing well. Your poor family has gone through so much in recent years.
In my experience, Pinterest was a slow climb to visibility. At first, no one knew me, then one post went viral, "What to do when I die". It escalated after that.
It's been mostly dumb luck on my part. All I know is that a heck of a lot of traffic comes from Pinterest and I think it was due to that first viral post.
If it were me, I'd follow the crumbs you've strewn with your visual prompts. You need a headline and a link back to your books or your blog.
The other thing I can suggest is that you always make your art the same size. The current suggested size is 735 x 1102 pixels. Pinterest is flexible on size. If you stay within this ratio the art shows up best.
This will require you to use a photo editor like Canva or Photopea (use the free versions).
I made myself a template on Photoshop and use the same size for anything I place in Pinterest.
Hope this helps.