OK I did it. I’ve joined the Facebook (pauses for the collective dropping of jaws). I realize it’s shocking. Since it’s inception, I have always been a little leery about putting myself out on this social media platform. This despite the fact that I am a blogger. You see, a blog I felt I could control since, despite being a public space, I was firmly in charge of the content and could even claim a certain degree of anonymity. (I used to use a generic cityscape photo as my header.) I was less sure this would be the case with Facebook.
FB has always seemed to me like a wierd blur of private/public. A space that I wasn’t totally sure how to navigate. Do I friend everyone or just my real friends? How do I filter out all the noise and just get information that matters to me? Do I really need more online connections? Wouldn’t real life connections be preferable (Twitter has changed my thinking on this).
I also imagined all sorts of horrific situations where my private life would spill out into my work life. Would this impact my chance at promotion or complicate work relationships?
Later onI became less self-conscious of my Internet image eventually dropping the anonymity from this blog and plastering my face over the top of it in a banner. I also joined Twitter and in a few weeks was making connections with strangers and benefiting from it. After all these revelations, it seemed pointless to ignore this communications platform. In fact, with a Fringe show in the works it made sense to use this tool to reach those who aren’t on Twitter or who don’t currently read my blog and let them know about it. So I signed up for an account.
My first hour was a little overwhelming. I hadn’t even finished filling out my privacy settings before I had 15 friend requests and 3 wall comments. Suddenly a box appeared with a comment from Jessica. It took me awhile to realize that this was actually a real-time “chat” conversation.
Jessica: There I’ve written on your wall
Wayne: (Thinks to himself. Why is my wall a small square box in the corner of the screen?)
Jessica: It’s sure taking you awhile to respond.
Wayne: Oh! This is in real-time!
So what do you think?: Will FB be an effective promotional tool (not the sole tool of course)? Or will this platform just be another time sink/procrastination aid?