I love Facebook. There, I said it.
I was among the first to get it, back in 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg invited 10 college campuses to try it out to share class notes and college experiences.
I enjoy it. I live about 1500 miles north of most of my family. I was born and bred in Florida and moved to NYC at 23 years old, to apparently settle in Brooklyn for the rest of my life, as I have since married a lifelong Brooklynite.
I use Facebook as my main mode of social media. I am connected to all of my family who are strewn around the country, my friends near and far, and some random people I went to middle and high school and college with.
But I used it to keep in touch. When you don’t have time to talk on the phone all the time, or to mail a letter, it’s really nice to hop on Facebook and see pictures of my friend’s kid, or updates about their lives, accomplishments of younger cousins, who got engaged, etc.
I enjoy that.
I also like to share my own accomplishments, which for the last several months have been published articles in non-Facebook websites.
Unfortunately, Facebook has rewritten their algorithm and now bury your statuses that have non-Facebook links in them. That’s why you’re only getting a few likes, because most people won’t even see it.
They want you to stay on their website and bury links that will take you away from it.
I find this ridiculous. I see what they’re going for, but I use Facebook to share things with family and friends and keep in touch. Remember that? It’s main premise? Well, now when I share links, you won’t see them. I actually have to share a status and put the link in the comments, which many people probably will not notice.
Arg. Annoying. And completely unfair. I get that they want people to stay on their site, but if they make it difficult to share things, I will find another way that is not their site at all.