I’ve always loved Facebook. It’s given me the chance to connect with old friends and overseas relatives, plus those closer to home. I’ve also made lots of friends in the Australian and international writing community, something I would never have been able to do otherwise.
Facebook isn’t so friendly these days. There’s the data mining issue that has become big news in the past few days and then there’s the news feed issue. I’m not referring to the algorithm and its effect on Pages, but my personal news feed. Facebook has decided it knows what my important posts are and puts them at the top. I prefer to see the most recent first, and I can change my feed to reflect that. And I do. Every. Single. Time. As soon as I move off my news feed, Facebook changes it back and I can’t stop it happening. Sigh.
I’m not taking my Page down nor am I going to reduce my posting on it. For all its current flaws I still love Facebook. I’m going to be adding to it instead—with Instagram.
I’ve always loved Instagram too. I’m a visual learner and love images, and now I’m going to focus more on using them. One of the beauties of Instagram is the ease of sharing between it and Facebook. By using Instagram more, I’ll be using Facebook more, too.
Will that mean there will be more posts on my blog as well? I don’t know at this point in time. If there is one thing I’ve learned about writing, social media, and blogging, it’s that it is all fluid and can change (and will!).
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