Got Social?

Rethinking the rethinking

So, as you all know ([bonk bonk] is this thing on? [bonk bonk]), I’ve been reassessing my social media footprint for some time.  I actually think its makes sense to rethink it constantly, as the social media market is constantly changing.  For instance, I tired of Foursquare and quit playing.  I’m not sure why, 100%, but that’s for another post.  Right now, I’m talking about reassessing, again, which is what I’ve been doing, again.

Facebook.  Ugh.  I wish they had a soul, because I could SO love using them.  Anyway, I’m finding it hard to quit completely for two reasons.  One, I don’t “want” to.  I mean, I do want to, because they f*#k us in the privacy department, make no bones about it, kinda actually taut it in our face and say “ha ha, where ya gonna go?  Huh?  Huh? Right! So now shut up!”.  How many of you reading this couldn’t imagine Mark Zuckerberg totally saying that.  Now, I don’t know the man personally, and I’m sure he’s very nice, and he probably wouldn’t really say that, but for some reason, my image of him, is that I could totally hear him saying that.  Anyway, I digress…

So, I don’t really WANT to leave Facebook, but I’ve been reducing my exposure.  This, as part of trying to find a place for each social network I’m in, even though I post nearly the same content to all of them.  Sometimes I post something only to a specific network, when its only appropriate for that network, but generally, my posts are not so much personal. But, I do like to keep, for instance, LinkedIn to professional contacts, and Facebook, I’ve tried narrowing to close friends and family.  But…

… and you knew there had to be a but …

but, there are some people I like having in my stream on Facebook (don’t know what I mean by “stream”? Check here, and see toward the end).  And for some, Facebook is the ONLY way I will be able to keep in touch with them and I don’t want to lose those contacts.  Finally, and pretty importantly, I use Facebook for professional reasons, such as the VWER and the College accounts.  So, I really CAN’T pick up and leave.

Anyway, all this is a long way of saying, I’m reconsidering my Facebook friends, yet again.  I think I only want to be connected to people on Facebook who contribute in some way.  I mean, they don’t have to comment on every post, or even on ANY of them, but a Like once in a while, would be great, something to let me know they are actually paying attention or even care.

So, I think I’m going to try an experiment.  I think, once I week, I’m going to post to Facebook “If you are reading this, please LIKE – unless you’ve already liked a post like this from me in the past”.  Same text.  Once a week.  And I’ll do it for, lets say, 3 months.  I’ll keep track of everyone who, at the very least, Likes a post I make, commenting counts, too.  And then anyone, after 3 months, those who has not even Liked something I’ve posted I’ll drop.  If they’re not paying attention, they’ll hardly notice.  Is that a fair amount of time, 3 months?  Is it even fair to use interaction as a barometer? Leave your thoughts in the comments, I’m still open on this.

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