Questions About Facebook

facebook_like_logo_1I know I wrote a while back that I was thinking about simply deleting my Facebook presence, I’ve never done anything about it, mostly because I find very little about it that’s useful.  I find the format of Facebook relatively useless for intelligent discussion, which is what I really care about.  It’s more built for the short-attention-span crowd, not for holding an ongoing, rational conversation.

Over the weekend, I decided to spend a little time cleaning up my social media presence.  I went to Facebook and deleted the page for The Bitchspot Report.  I did it because, silly me, I had never published it anyhow, nobody had ever seen it, nobody had ever posted there and now that it’s officially dead, it seems silly to have a Facebook presence for a defunct podcast.  I need to do the same thing for the Google+ page.  I also fought Tumblr while trying to set up a Tumblr page for my Cephus’ Corner blog, you can’t actually do anything until you verify your e-mail and they simply refused to send out the confirmation e-mail.  I’ve read that this is a common problem, I just kept changing e-mail addresses until one of them got that confirmation, then changed it back to the e-mail address I wanted to use.  Fuck Tumblr.

So after wrestling with Tumblr, I swung by Facebook for the first time in months and just looked at the mess that is my Bitchspot Blog “community” and was at the point of looking up the instructions for deleting it all, when I ended up talking to a friend who actually advocates Facebook.  We talked for a while, he told me that it can be useful if I just take the time to optimize it, but there were some requirements that I have and he had no idea how to do it.  I ran over to a Facebook forum to ask some questions and was met by a lot of rude, obnoxious idiots.  See, my primary issue here is that I want my Bitchspot activities and my Cephus’ Corner activities to be completely and totally separate from my “real life” activities.  Facebook requires that you sign up with your real name.  You can create pages for other things, as I’ve done with Bitchspot and Cephus’ Corner and previously the Bitchspot Report, but if I try to friend anyone or follow anyone, it’s my real name that does the friending or following, not “Bitchspot” or “Cephus” or whatever.  This is a game breaker.  If I have to use my real name for any of this, if my real name is attached to any of this at all, I’m done.  There is no discussion here.  My way or the highway. The idiots at the forum were unbelievably rude, they said “hey, you use your real name or fuck off”.  Yeah, forget that.

So my first question that needs an answer before I go any further, can I actually use Facebook with a pseudonym or not? I can do that with Google+, I can join communities with my various pages, I can jump into Google Hangouts with my page names, my real name never comes into it at all.  If I cannot do that with Facebook, then Facebook goes away, no further questions necessary.  I tried to do it once, to follow someone from my Bitchspot Blog page and it immediately defaulted to my real name. I can find no instructions online how to do it otherwise.

Secondly, and I suppose I’ve asked this in the past but have never gotten a good answer, does Facebook actually give you anything unique that you can’t get without it?  As I’ve said before, the lion’s share of my online effort has been and will continue to be my blogs.  I am going to write new content almost exclusively right here on this blog.  I have neither the time nor the interest to write new content for Facebook and Google+ and Tumblr and Twitter and all of that, my real purpose is to funnel people from these other forums back here to my blog.  Everything I write here gets automatically posted to Facebook and Google+ and Tumblr and Twitter.  It just spreads the content outward, I don’t want to make more work for myself with the expectation that I’m going to go to each of these different social media sites and do extra things there.  So what is it that I’m getting from having a page of my blog postings on Facebook (or Google+ or Tumblr or Twitter for that matter)?  Sorry, I just don’t see it.

I’m sure there are other questions that I’ll come up with, but these two are the most important right now. It feels like I’ve been throwing crap at a fan and seeing where it splatters.  I have limited time and want to put my effort into things that are actually useful and so far, I’ve really been half-assing things across the Internet and I’m really tired of that.  If it isn’t really useful, I’d rather just get rid of it and focus my attention here.

Thanks for your help!

6 thoughts on “Questions About Facebook

  1. Facebook can be used under different names, but I think you can do what you want even while using your real name. I do this at work with my personal account. You just need to create pages on Facebook for each blog or business presence you want there. Even my Atheist Revolution page on Facebook does not show the personal account I use there, so it works pretty well.

    As to whether Facebook is worth using…I absolutely despise Facebook, but I can't deny that it brings far more traffic than any of the other options I'm aware of. So many people use it that I find it hard to ignore. People will want to follow you there, so you might as well let them follow your pages.

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    1. I know people can follow me under different pages, I want to be able to have those pages follow other people and so far as I know, I can't. I can do it on Google+, but if I tried to follow your Facebook page, it would only happen under my real name, not under the Bitchspot page name, that's what I'm looking for. I despise it too, mostly because I'm not seeing the utility of it. What I want out of it doesn't seem to be what I can get out of it, but as you said, it's the best application to do what I want to do, which is getting the word out. I'd much rather not use any social media at all, given a preference.

  2. Honestly, Facebook is the company that I trust the least with my personal information (which like you say is required) as such I scrapped it a long time ago. I really should use Twitter, or some other source to get some traffic, but like you I despise social media. My presence is really limited to the blog and comments using the Disqus or WordPress etc platforms.
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    1. With Google+ at least, you can set up different pages and each of those pages are completely self-contained. You can follow people, you can join communities, you can be an entity unto itself and there is no connection between the different pages that you set up. I want the same thing with Facebook. I want to be able to have the Bitchspot page follow different bloggers and I don't want it to have any connection to the Cephus' Corner page, which can follow an entirely different set of people. And then my personal account can just be for friends and family members who have no interest in the rest of it. But if that's not how Facebook permits me to operate my accounts, then I have no use for them at all.

      Twitter is a different thing for me. The majority of people on Twitter are idiots IMO. I got tired of watching abject stupidity spool by in 140 character chunks. I deleted my Twitter client a long time ago. My posts still go to Twitter, but it's the only thing that does. I don't have to watch it to use it.

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