Facebook’s Decline in a Single Screen Shot

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As a Tech Writer I always have to try to create “click bait” type titles for my content.  Basically if folks don’t click on a link, than they won’t read whatever insightful argument it is I’m trying to posit.  I have to create high quality content, but sadly sometimes there is the cost of titles that are bit more than a bit sensationalist.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot now that I feel that Facebook is in decline.  I was one of those folks that found Facebook 5 years ago, became a strong advocate, and have now basically stopped using the site.  At one point I had around 1800 “friends”, constantly shared, and communicated with others on Facebook.  At some point with all the privacy hassles, and frankly after the shine rubbed off I started defriending folks, and interacting less and less.

My lack of involvement on Facebook came into stark focus when I recently took a look to see when the last time I posted anything to my Wall was.  I was surprised to see that it was 4 and a half months ago.

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I still use my Eli the Computer Guy Page to share content with my Fans there, but otherwise Facebook really is dead to me. Doing some soul searching I have found the reason is that I genuinely don’t want to share my personal life anymore.  After spending a few years in the new world of Social Networking what I have come to realize is why my grand parents used to say sometimes the best thing to do is keep your mouth shut.  I don’t  want to know that someone I respect is a “Birther” (Someone who believe Obama was not born in the US).  I don’t want to see dogs that have been eviscerated as folks  try to tell the world about the evils of animal cruelty.  And I really don’t want to see pictures of friends and family sunning themselves on beaches, or flying down the slopes while I’m stuck in my house on a rainy day with the flu coming on.

Social Networking seems to be best used for professional purposes.  For business it’s an easy well to tell fans, sponsors and others what I’m up to and get them to share my work for free.  I want you to share my blog post, I don’t want you to share my baby picture.

The curious thing is that for business Facebook has put up so many barriers for Pages to communicate with Fans that it is becoming useless there to.  For my Page I have around 26,000 Likes and yet when I post to my Page only around 1000 people even see the post.

I know that I’m a single person, and that many people say that Facebook is as strong as ever and still growing.  The question I place at your feet is, “Are you using Facebook more, or less then you did a year ago?”

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Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Ovi Duran February 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I use Facebook about the same as last year. The reason being that I have family and Navy friends in about 10 foreign countries. In my case it has been great seeing what they are all up to when they share pictures and stories. I can see it immediately after they post. Without Facebook, I would probably have to make more frequent phone calls and or share via e-mail which can take longer, or even lose contact with people I haven’t seen in years. Otherwise, I probably would not use Facebook as much if all my relatives and friends were stateside.

  2. Wayne Pincence May 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I was sadly missing the “single screen shot” when I went to read this post. Something must’ve happened, it’s just a 404.

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