Today I want your opinion. Some may know that Facebook limits profile pages to a maximum of 5,000 followers. I never set out to exceed this number, nor did I anticipate doing so, but I’ve learned it’s part of having an online presence. I have known for some time that I would have to make some decisions as I get closer to the 5,000 number and so I’ve already starting being more selective in who I accept as a friend. (You can currently find me on Facebook HERE.) That creates a problem for me, because I sometimes don’t know when it’s someone who is simply following a bunch of people, or someone who knows me. They could be newer people to our church who I’ve not gotten to know personally yet, people who follow my blog, or followers on Twitter.
Recently Facebook has made it easier to switch from a profile page to simply a Facebook page. It doesn’t look much different to people, you still have the same basic options, but instead of requesting a friendship, people simply “like” the page. Some people then set up a separate Facebook profile page for those they truly know and interact with on a regular basis. You can read more about it HERE or HERE. You can see an example of it HERE with my friend Michael Hyatt, who recently made this switch. He’s over the 5,000 limit, and knowing Mike personally, I can assure you he’s not on an ego trip. He’s an intentional online investor in people.
Still, I’m mixed on my response to this opportunity. On one hand, it keeps me from refusing people who may want to follow my content, but on the other hand, it seems weird asking people to “like” my page. If you think my online presence is an ego-trip for me…well…you don’t know my heart, but I want to be accountable in this area of my life also. I see it as part of my current ministry to invest in people online (I’ve been doing that since 1996), but I also never want to come across as trying to be a celebrity, and I realize this switch only fuels that perception. So, I’m torn.
That’s where you can help. Here’s the Friday discussion: WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should I leave things as they are and just stop taking new friends when I reach 5,000 followers?
Should I take advantage of a Facebook option to switch to the other version of Facebook?
Give me your thoughts. Feel free to throw in your thoughts of this whole online personality thing. I recognize the potential to seem “bigger than life”, the opportunity to fall into a sense of self-pride, and even pump a false ego. I also know, from feedback after feedback, that God is using online to help people grow personally and in their walk with Christ.
So, help me decide.