Did Facebook really stop long enough to rethink their real name policy? It looks like they may have. I’m not fully buying into their change of heart and am still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but for now, I’m glad.
I was so ticked off about the real name policy for countless reasons that I had to write about it a few weeks ago so I wouldn’t implode. Facebook isn’t the be-all and end-all social media tool out there, but it’s one of the better ones. One of the reasons I like it is because I’m on control of who sees what. If I have a post I only want to my close friends to see, I can do that. If I have a post I don’t mind blasting to the world, well, I can do that too. I can even blast to the world with the exception of one person, if I wanted to go that route.
Facebook also allows me to hang with specific people in groups. One of those groups I play in is made up of writers who are more supportive of my writing dreams than most people in my real life. Another group is a place I can go on those bad writing days and force myself to write in sprints with another person in another part of the world.
Because I use my pen name, I’ve been able to hide my writing career from people in my life who would be unsupportive and possibly destructive of my professional life. I’m not on Facebook only promoting books, telling people about sales, or discussion my characters. I’m there talking to friends I made because we enjoy reading or writing the same genre and want to talk about it. I’m there for friends and do promo things a few times a month. The ratio of social to promo posts are probably 100:1.
So I’m optimistic about what Facebook will do. I’m skeptical too, because I know their main goal is to make money now.
What do you use Facebook for? How much of your time is spent promoting your own work on your profile? What about books other people have written? Curious.