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Why I’m Using Facebook Again

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Not so long ago I very publicly deleted my Facebook Page and account.  I profoundly dislike Facebook’s privacy policies, and found that overall Facebook was a negative in my life rather than providing any benefit.  The initial promise of bringing me closer to those I cared about oddly wound up having us all treat each other worse.

The way you communicate on social networks can be too easily misconstrued.  This doesn’t matter if you don’t know the person you’re commenting to, but if you’ll see them in the real world those miscommunications can cause a lot of problems.  Topics best left unsaid instead blanketed my wall and simply turned into an irritation. (I personally find that I like people more when I don’t know their opinion on Benghazi)

Beyond this I found that after I spent thousands of dollars to advertise on Facebook and gain Likes that most of those Likes were basically worthless and then even after I had paid thousands that Facebook decided to start deprioritizing posts from Pages users Liked.  I spent money to gain Likes, and then they changed what that means.

So you’ll be asking why I created a new account on Facebook. The sad, simple reason is that it’s the best way to connect all of my different social networking accounts.  I have blogs, YouTube Channels, an Instagram Account, and share a lot of links.  Bluntly Facebook is the best platform for tying all of this communication together.  I had hoped Google+ would be a relevant competitor, but it’s still a mess, and Google seems to have more or less abandoned it.

With my new account I am doing things differently.  The main difference now is that I’m not purposely “friending” anyone I know.  All friends come from inbound requests, and I actually generally refuse to friend people that I find to be valuable to me. Beyond that I don’t interact with the Facebook Wall, don’t comment, or like, and rarely share. I consider Facebook to be as open as Twitter and as such will not share or post anything I don’t want to be absolutely public.

Sometimes as a technology professional you have to make due with systems you genuinely dislike.  When I can find a better platform than Facebook I’ll kill my account again, but for now Facebook is the best place to tie desperate social network communication to together.

You can “friend” me here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009220897911

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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.

5 Comments

  1. Randy May 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for the update, Eli.

  2. Morten Jakobsen May 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I deleted my facebook account too sometime last year. As you I came to the conclusion that there is not a better alternative right now.

    My problem though, is not to have a place to tie it all together. But rather to have a place to catch up to people. Sadly, people today expect you to stay up-to-date through said sites.

    I try to use it as little as possible, and keep the personal contact to friends and family.

    Good idea with the site and the blog 🙂

  3. Lael Samuel May 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thanks much for the update! I enjoy absorbing the information that ‘pours’ out of you, whether I accept it or not even. Looking forward to connecting with you via Facebook.

    P.S: I’ve battled with coming off as well. Your not alone.

  4. zombie May 28, 2015 at 11:09 am

    im dont realy using socielity sites (skype is my life….) but i can bet that for eli it was really difficult to admit that he needs facebook

    SMALL IDEA FOR ELI, MAKE BASIC FORUM FOR GEEKS SO THAT ALL KINDS OF COMPUTER GEEKS COULD COMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND GIVE/ASK FOR HELP

  5. Sassigeek May 31, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I can’t keep up with you Eli your opinion and values change like the wind. Anyway the reason for my comment is that Google+ is far from dead or abandoned. Some of the core services like Photos etc are being moved out so it can be focused on just the content and update stream. I have it on good authority that it’s going nowhere, just going through some changes is all.

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