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the "facebook is dead" experiment

Confession: I've always considered FB to be a huge chore to use. And while I've never had that much love for Twitter either, I've always known Twitter was the easier of the two systems and is far more reliable. More on that in a moment.


There's been some stories floating around the 'net recently saying that Facebook is "dead", with the added change in some articles that FB is dying a "slow death". Whether that's actually true or not I'm not certain, so I'm going to run an experiment.

From Monday May 6 to Sunday May 12, I'm not posting anything to Facebook at all just to see if anyone notices. Instead, I'll be posting my normal updates to my @RichMenga account on Twitter. Any new blog posts here will also appear there as well, so if you want to keep up with what I'm doing, 'follow' me there.

If I find that nobody notices I'm not posting to FB, I'll just stop posting there. And no, I won't close my FB page or account or anything like that. I'll just leave the page sit and collect digital dust. No big whoop. Either that, or I'll just have blog posts fed into FB and nothing else.

Okay, to continue what I said at top, Facebook for me has always been a chore to use, as in it's annoying. Stuff keeps changing within the system constantly, and stuff keeps breaking constantly.

For example, just today I was doing some experimentation with Twitter-to-Facebook posts, and while FB would pull tweets and post to my personal profile just fine, it absolutely would not pull any tweets to my fan page. Did any error happen? Nope. Was anything set up incorrectly? Nope. Did I troubleshoot it correctly, looking up the proper documentation and so on? Of course. But it was all for naught, because FB just up and decided not to post anything from Twitter to my fan page whatsoever, and with no explanation given whatsoever as to why it didn't work. It just broke.

And even if the FB magically un-broke itself, it would inevitably break again. And again. And again.

It's stuff like that that drives me up a frickin' wall with Facebook.

Twitter, on the other hand, never does that crapola. That system will happily accept feeds from anywhere that offers it, "authenticating" apps is a breeze and it's really easy to manage it all. But the point is that it doesn't break, and I like that. A lot.

From a making-new-friends-and-connections perspective, Twitter is better than Facebook if you actively engage in the system, which I plan on trying.

From a biz perspective, Twitter has always been better than Facebook, because companies are much more comfortable tweeting than Facebooking.

I guess we'll see what happens at the end of the week.

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