- How do you think your approach to Facebook differs from others’?
- Have you made a deliberate attempt to limit the amount of people you ‘friend’?.
I wonder how many Facebookers in this group have less than 50 “friends” on FB? I do… I’m quite selective about my “friends” – on my personal account, it consists of people I have actually met, so, as you can imagine, I refuse a lot of FB friend requests. On my work account, I befriend anyone that would have some kind of impact on my work world. I use it for networking and sharing information.
I think that’s why, shortly after I started using social media, I figured out quickly that, for me, it’s best to keep my personal and work lives separate. And now, I have a third presence… a “university” one, which I won’t share with the other two.
I have noticed that some of my real life friends on FB have hundreds and hundreds of their own friends – perhaps that’s why I don’t feel the need to check my FB the moment I get up in the morning? My time is quite sacrosanct, and I feel like I’m wasting it if I stop to look at a picture of someone’s dinner, or a comment about a shopping purchase that was a bargain. I have been known to drop friends because I didn’t glean anything meaningful to my world from their posts. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? LOL Does that make me anti-social?
RESPONSE FROM C.B.:
I don’t have 50 or more on facebook, and it’s interesting for you to say ‘facebookers’ I have not thought of myself as one. I will however, reguarly go on facebook, read posts, reply and post photos to my friends.
RESPONSE FROM ME TO C.B.:
To tell you the truth, I just made up that word as I was typing that post. LOL I suppose you could describe people who use FB in other ways…??? Facebookites? Facebookinians?
Like you, I visit FB regularly, but I tweet more than I post to FB. There has been a shift in my social media engagement over the last year or so. I suppose that I find Twitter easier to use in a work context. FB is reserved for extra-curricular activities and catching up with friends.
So the question is… are you, C.B., going to call yourself a Facebooker now, or simply refer to yourself as one that uses FB regularly?
RESPONSE FROM TUTOR:
Hi C.B. and Maha,
This is a very interesting sub-thread here – some great spin-off conceptual discussion! When we get into social networking in a few weeks, we’ll explore this further, but you’re touching on some great ideas about levels of engagement and types of user on sites such as Facebook – keep it up! It’s also interesting to see how people use different services for different functions, such as having a personal/professional split between Facebook and Twitter – why do you think people might make these choices?
RESPONSE TO TUTOR:
I stated my reasons for splitting my accounts at the beginning of this thread… however, I am reconsidering how I use Facebook even more now that I have just watched Tama Leaver’s take on Facebook and online identities. It posed some interesting questions for consideration, which compelled me to write a blog post about for my learning folio. I tweeted it to #Web101, in case anyone interested in viewing Tama’s Slideshare. It’s well worth it!
Amazing stuff… I’m still thinking about it. I’m curious to read more – re: some of the references he made to others’ works in this area too.