Kyran on Facebook
If you’ve logged into Facebook at all in the last couple of months, I’m sure you’ve seen numerous PSAs from page owners alerting fans that they may be missing updates, due to recent changes that bury pages that don’t pay to play. I haven’t made a similar plea before now because, well, it seems a little grasping. I mean, I’m thrilled that 646 people are willing to publicly admit they know me, let alone like me. Now I’ve got to harass them into fiddling with their account settings?
Like the sage said, ain’t nobody got time for that.
However. I like Facebook, in spite of its mysterious and unpredictable Land of the Lost geography, and I like engaging with people there (there’s a fun conversation on my page today about the most depressing books ever written). A significant number of my blog readers arrive here through Facebook links, so it seems like the affinity goes both ways. I’d like to be more active on my author page in 2013, but it seems rather pointless if hardly anyone can see my updates (in case you’re wondering, I keep my personal Facebook page very personal, as my teenager and other not-ready-for-prime-time players in my life are there).
So here’s the deal: if you would enjoy me popping into your Facebook stream on a regular basis, you will need to “like” my author page AND add me to your interests list. Like this:
I know, it’s a lot of trouble. I’m not sure I like anyone well enough to click twice in a row, either. But in return, I will try my very best to be interesting. And you can always drop me from your interests later if I don’t live up to that intention, or if you simply need to pare down. I never hold it against anyone for exercising control over their social media intake, even when it means cutting back on me.
While you’re over there, why not leave a comment telling me how you use Facebook, and what the love:hate ratio is for you? I’m fascinated at how thoroughly it has woven itself into the fabric of my online and offline communities. How is it entwined with your life?