Separation

About two weeks ago, I decided that Facebook and I have to part. Now I didn’t want to give up my photography page (which requires an “admin account” connected to it, which has to be a personal account) so I’ve begun restricting myself to logging in only 2-3 times per week to see if there’s any comments and questions on the photography page – but otherwise, just leave it alone. Don’t read the Newsfeed, don’t “like” stuff, don’t pay attention to any of it. Continue reading “Separation”

Weird meeting

Yesterday while walking Toni, I ran into a friend’s wife, two kids and dog. They walked out from a nearby nature preserve as I was walking in – and I said a polite “Hello” as I would say it to a stranger, but didn’t stop to chat with them, because that would have been creepy. Continue reading “Weird meeting”

My dear friends on Facebook

My dear friends, I log on to Facebook to connect with you on a personal level, and not to get exposed to yet more political crap that I already get plenty of when I watch the news. Please, do your friends a favor, make your and my social feed better – and just cut it.

Even if your post is marked “Public”, the ones who’ll see it first are your friends on Facebook – please think about that. Isn’t it just very, very likely that they share your political convictions anyway? Why bother them with more of the same? It’s just white noise, and it doesn’t change anything.

From today on, I’ll be unfollowing friends who post or share too much political stuff. No one cares about yet more commentary about how bad Trump is or will be, Hillary is or will be, their pick for vice president is or will be, how awesome Bernie would have been, and so on, and so on.

You’re in an echo chamber, and you’re only going to hear more of the same. Or do you really think that you’re going to change anyone’s opinion and political conviction with your commentary, on a social network? 😀

Thanks but no thanks, Facebook

Facebook is making the news for a while now with their artificial limitation of the so-called “organic reach” of a pages’ posts (that’s the amount of people that will see a new post from a page directly in their Facebook Newsfeed). The latest one that I read is this article on Gawker’s ValleyWag. There’s also that article on The Federalist that has an insight into how FB’s Newsfeed algorithm works. Continue reading “Thanks but no thanks, Facebook”

Automated Newsfeed Spam

Re my “Whatever happened to headphones” post – the Facebook equivalent of this is of course the status update of the “<abc> is listening to <xyz> on <def>” kind… *sigh*

Friendly hint and request: please turn that off. Nobody cares. Post something enjoyable about your kid, your goldfish, your boss, or whatever else instead. Just not what kind of music you just listened to. That’s just boring, automated Newsfeed spam…

A better Facebook with lists

Facebook’s Newsfeed is a nuisance. I just can’t stand the fact that some computer algorithm decides what I get to see there, and what’s omitted and stays hidden from me. Have you ever asked a friend “didn’t you see my post on Facebook?” and when they say “No” it was probably not because they didn’t pay attention, but because Facebook simply didn’t show your post to them in their Newsfeed. :-/ Continue reading “A better Facebook with lists”

Referers: Facebook vs Google+

I switched from Blogger to WordPress not very long ago (and it was absolutely worth it – Blogger is simply years behind, there’s no other way to put it – another Google product that has been entirely neglected, and will get slashed sooner or later without doubt), but since I’ve done that, I’ve been pushing my posts to both Facebook and Google+ as well. To Facebook, with WordPress’ integrated “Publicize” feature, to Google+ manually, with a +1 on my own posts (the absence of Google+ integration throughout WWW services is strange, but noticeable). Continue reading “Referers: Facebook vs Google+”