This is going to be a bit disjointed I’m sure, more like stream of consciousness for me, but in a way, I feel like I need to get some thoughts out there on where I am with social media.
First, there’s the school of thought that you shouldn’t think about social media at all. I’m sure a lot of my friends are that way, as I probably have 100-150 people on my Facebook friend list that post with any regularity, and I have over 600 “friends” on Facebook.
I’m not sure how I feel about this…clearly, social media is what you make of it, and many have, for some time now, used Facebook and Twitter to promote their own ideals to their “followers” and “friends”. But some choose to simply lurk in the background, viewing the news feed as some sort of time-wasting activity that allows their brains to shut off for a time (as a break from work, kids, routine, etc.)
I get that too…I get things like Facebook and Twitter being ways to pass the time. I’ve found that in my experience in social media, Twitter is a much better forum for me because of the way you engage with the people that follow you and (hopefully) the people you follow. Facebook seems to be way more “post and I’ll get back to you later” for me. I’m sure it’s different for everyone.
I’m also conflicted because (and this may sound pompous) but I am a complicated person. I love God, but I also love good humor (that’s not always the cleanest or maybe even ethical). I have great experiences I wish to share with people (Facebook seems better suited to that) but without any real engagement back, how do you know if you’re making any impact? Should you even care if anybody is reading what you post?
I find myself sharing what might be deemed as “politically incorrect” on Twitter more often than not and sharing the lighter side of things on Facebook. That doesn’t seem right…why should I be two different people through different social media outlets?
Is it because most of the people I follow (and that follow me) on Twitter are on the left-side of the political spectrum and the vast majority of the people that are friends of mine on Facebook are on the right-side? Maybe…I’m sure that has something to do with it. And I’m sure that when I’ve run into times when I’m posting a lot of left-wing material to Facebook, lots of people have chosen to “hide” me or maybe even “unfriend” me.
Maybe that is the contributing factor to not posting a ton of stuff to Facebook…maybe I don’t want people to unfriend me or hide me…but in the end, I’m tired of being one type of person through Twitter and another through Facebook. I don’t know what this means, but for all it’s problems, Facebook does provide a connection to a lot of people I would otherwise never hear from. And in fact, I could go weeks without being on Twitter and feel like I haven’t missed a thing because it’s not so much about life events on Twitter as it is “stream of consciousness/what’s happening right now”.
Wow…so where does all this leave me? I don’t know…maybe it’s time for a Facebook break? Maybe it’s time to be the same person across all social media, but living to who and what I believe across all forums and know that the people that love me and want to be my friend will do so even though they might not believe the same way I do. Maybe I should just get back to work and stop worrying so damn much about things like this.
Thanks for reading.