Do you remember where you were when Facebook first started gaining traction?
I remember exactly where I was when Facebook started. You had to be in college and have a .edu email address. You also had to wait for other schools to get Facebook added. It wasn’t a big pool like it is today. You couldn’t message people until later on and you couldn’t post pictures in bulk either. It also was called thefacebook.com back then. Social network, anyone?
The year was 2004. It seemed like Facebook was the best thing since sliced bread. Then, it got so big that the people at Facebook decided to make changes. Lots of changes…and frequently.
I happen to not really care for Facebook anymore. Yes, I have it for my blog, but I haven’t posted anything blog related in a while. I also mostly stalk people that I am friends with. I don’t usually post things onto Facebook.
And here is why:
- They change things constantly. I understand that you want to change things, but I don’t get why you have to fix things as often as they do. Maybe because they want to stay ahead of the curve? Maybe. But it is a bit annoying and rough.
- The ads are a little freaky to me. If you search for something on Google, it will show up in Facebook.
- The shared content tells you about related content. This also seems weird to me. I get that they know what you click on (how do they do that?) and then if you read the article, it will list the related stories below. But how do they get the related content? So strange.
For the blogs, here is why I don’t like Facebook anymore:
- They make it nearly impossible to get your blog reach higher. The algorithm they use is way too confusing to figure out.
- They don’t care how many followers you have. It’s more about your engagement from your fans. This is great, but it’s so hard to get your engagement rank higher if you aren’t being seen by all your fans.
- It’s too complicated to understand your reach and how they come up with that number.
- It’s annoying to have to go between my personal Facebook page and my blog fan page.
I just wish Facebook would go back to what they were good at – coming up with the “social media” era and leave the complicated stuff behind.
I do love that we now have social media websites because of Facebook, but I hate that it has become such a complicated burden to figure out. It would be so much easier if it was the way it was in 2004.
Would you like for Facebook to go away?