Like many of you, I use my Facebook account every day. There are some things I like and some things I don’t like about this means of social media.
Let me share first what I like:
It’s the easiest and most used way my church connects with me. I get 3 to 1 the number of emails from Facebook as I get from my church email address from people inside the church.
Facebook makes me appear real, which I am by the way. I probably use Twitter more, but I don’t put everything I Tweet on Facebook. (I know that surprises some…but I really don’t.) I put things that help people connect with me. Sometimes that’s serious, sometimes funny, sometimes even a bit weird, but who you see on Facebook really is who I am.
It makes us seem more of a community. We are a large church. Someone recently called us a “mega church”. I guess technically we are, but our intent is to feel otherwise. Facebook helps us connect throughout the week as a church.
I get to connect with new friends and reconnect with old friends. I have met so many people through Facebook. I’ve also reconnected with dozens of friends from high school and college. It’s great to see their families and catch up with where life has taken them.
The top news feature is helpful. I really don’t have a ton of time to spend on Facebook. I’ve tried to automate enough things and use Twitter features where it looks as if I’m online more. Having the top status updates shows me the ones people are talking about most recently and most frequently.
Now, here is what I don’t like:
Having to go to Facebook to reply to emails. I get emails on my phone at my regular email address, but I have to login to Facebook to answer them. This is an extra step that seems unnecessary for me. I realize Facebook wants me to return frequently in hopes I’ll see an advertiser, but to respond to emails I only want to respond to emails…so that reasoning doesn’t work for me.
Facebook apps are unreliable. I’ve been told Facebook doesn’t even like apps, possibly for the reason I just mentioned…advertising, but I wish they would work on their application functions. It’s the world in which we live. My Facebook app crashes often. It doesn’t do certain things. It’s cumbersome. (Does anyone else agree?)
The number of “friends” I can have is limited. I know…I know…there is no way I can “know” all of them, but I am responsive and hate the idea of turning people away. I’m nearing the 5,000 mark soon and that means I have to consider changes. Uggh!
The mindless activity apps…such as Farmville and Give a Hug (or whatever it’s called). I’ve tried to block as many of those type things as I can from receiving them or posting on my wall, but I haven’t figured out how to stop them all together. I realize some must enjoy them, but not me.
Facebook serves a strategic purpose in my line of work. I’m in the people business and Facebook gives me a great resource to connect with people. I have heard of churches limiting their staffs use of Facebook, Twitter and blogging during the work day, but in my opinion, those three, including Facebook ARE a part of my work day. It’s where a bulk of the people are.
What do you like or not like about Facebook?