Social Media Networks are wonderful tools to build and maintain relationships.
Yet, there are so many.
I must go back to why I started using Facebook instead of Vox.com.
Two primary reasons I liked Vox.com:
1. privacy settings – most of my posts were set for “only me & my wife”. My extended family was on Vox.com & we shared with only those we wanted.
2. simplicity – Vox.com was easy enough that all my family could handle it, especially the privacy and security options.
Eventually I set up a Facebook account, but did not use it much. Then, one day, the option to do friend groups/lists on Facebook & post stuff only for specific people or lists appeared.
I was thrilled.
I started pushing my friends and family to set up Facebook Accounts; it was simple & secure enough and focused on sharing with small groups of friends. Friend Lists were a little difficult to teach people to use, but over time many people got it.
I have two fundamental issues with Facebook:
There are many potential business models for a company like Facebook. Wanting to push everyone to share more and more is understandable.
In fact, sharing has great value, both to the company and the individuals.
Yet, that was not the deal I signed up for.
It would be similar to my favorite Pizza Place suddenly turning into an Italian Pasta Place. The food might be similar …. it might have a similar atmosphere, but the product that I went there for fundamentally changed.
BUT, there is that new “easy” security System!!!!
Yes, they set up this simple page.
My short view of the *new* privacy settings page is – it was a needed step, but does not really hit the two issues I have & is more complicated than they said it would be. You do not “one click” to turn off the apps or the instant personalization & you should. You also should go through lots of customization options.
I cannot bring myself to totally leave Facebook at this moment.
If not for any other reason, when the great Facebook replacement(s) come along, I want to be able to help bring my friends and family over. It is also my only contact point to many people today & I believe in reaching people where they want to be reached.
Thus, my plan is:
1. focusing on JonathanNation.com — de-emphasising facebook
2. stopping actively using F*B – deleting from book marks I auto open each day – and removing the icon from my home screen on my phone & developing a system to auto shove posts of mine into facebook
3. show people ways to achieve their goals without using Facebook
Basically I am going back to the concept of a personal hub. My personal brand/website that I control – JonathanNation.com
It just happens that I drifted into primarily sharing stuff with the world on Facebook for a while.
I am also going to continue to coach people in developing their own personal brand.
PodcampNashville3 will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 – save that date now.
Years ago I went to the Mercy Lounge one Saturday, not for a concert or drinks at the bar (though those were available), but for a time of meeting, learning, and socializing with people involved in or interested in Podcasting. It was an ok event, with one stage, and some break out areas. The best thing I took away from that day was meeting Cliff Ravenscraft in person for the first time and being able to get to know him.
The next year, around the same time, came PodcampNashville2, this time at the Vanderbilt Owen School. That year I live bloged some notes. Lots of rooms, lots more people, lots more fun, and I did not make the mistake I had the first year – I stayed for the after party.
That fall I decided to go to BarCampNashville – many of the same people *work* both events, but I picked up on something additional that applies to both events: most everyone at both events is interested in learning, helping people, building ventures (could be their own business, or their own department), and something involving either better communications or technology.
It was at Barcamp 2009 that I decided that I would just go ahead and start planning each year to be at each event (podcamp and barcamp Nashville) if not any other reason to support such a great community of people striving to grow themselves or a venture to help others.
I’ll tell you more, and probably review some of my past notes (beyond any posts I can find), but today I advise and encourage you to make plans to be at PodcampNashville3. I’ll also be looking to be at a gathering of people the Friday Night before, either somewhere in Nashville, Cool Springs, or Murfreesboro area.
When you decide to attend PodcampNashville3 on March 6th, let me know & I’ll add you to a list of people to remind when more information comes out.
I am always looking to me more leaders, linchpins, and problem solvers. We need more people to take on a business owner mindset, to seek out pains and problems then find ways to provide value to others.