Recently i’ve found that I no longer visit facebook as often as I used too. Now that i’m not compelled to tend to my farm, fish, city, starship, etc (I quit all the social games cold turkey back in July), I just don’t find as much stuff that I fin…
Recently i've found that I no longer visit facebook as often as I used too. Now that i'm not compelled to tend to my farm, fish, city, starship, etc (I quit all the social games cold turkey back in July), I just don't find as much stuff that I find interesting. Facebook is my friends and former colleagues I wanted to stay connected too, and a few of my Wife's friends husbands and friends that we've become friends with as couples. Facebook was fun at first to catch up with what was going on with them, but it seems like they are even posting less and less. I've been thinking about why this is happening and have a few theories:
1. Value/Reward – Posting updates and photos on Facebook is not as rewarding as it used to be. Sure you may get some likes, but you don't get any feedback and most of the time when you do get feedback it something negative and discouraging or a counter opinion putting you immediately on the defensive.
2. Trying to keep track of the ever increasing privacy issues on Facebook is exhausting and confusing, and people are tired of dealing with it.
3. They get more value out of other websites that have like minded individuals (website for your knitting club, computer club, book club, etc) that have more value to you and put you in touch with like minded people who can add value.
4. Honestly if were really friends we talk outside of facebook and I already know about what your posting… having a debate over a political issue is more rewarding in person and you don't hurt peoples feelings, etc. The need for human feedback is better met with face to face, phone to phone or some other interactive method like IM than in posts on facebook.
So what am I doing with my time now that i'm not using facebook as much.
1. Well a new baby and a 22 month old take a up a ton of my personal time (and do you really want to know that i just changed the 5th poopy diaper for Corbin for the day?? No not reallly.
2. Work. My company makes an awesome product called Spaces, that we use for corporate collaboration and social, I keep track of it throughout my day for information on prospective sales, HR updates, and projects my team is working on.
3. Posterous – Why just post on facebook, when i can post on Twitter, facebook, disqus and a dozen other social avenues and feed most of the comments and discussion back to one central place.
4. Twitter – If you want breaking news this is the best place, faster then any traditional media company.
5. Google Reader – Keep up on the blogs and twitter feeds you can't watch all day and night, but are interested in following.
Is anyone else finding Facebook less and less valuable than it used to be?