I’d like to rant for a minute. What is the point of facebook? Or what I really mean is, I’m not sure I should be using facebook anymore, what’s the point? My page says that 560 people like my page and 527 people follow my page, but a post I made over two weeks ago–a post that I pinned–has only “reached” 110 people. So that means that 450 people that “like” what I post don’t get to see it, and 417 people who want to “follow” what I post don’t get to see it. Three days ago I posted a link of new content for those who like and follow my page, FREE content for that matter, and it has “reached” only 53 people. Seriously? I can’t even use facebook to notify people who want me to notify them that I have free content for them…
So it seems all facebook is good for at this moment is to function as a personal scrapbook. As I am very likely the only person who sees everything I post, the logical conclusion is that facebook is just an echo chamber; a mirror that reflects ourselves to ourselves for what? Mental masturbation?
Or maybe the truth is that facebook is merely a place to gather everyone so big businesses have a captive audience for their advertisements. After all, 90% of my facebook notifications are the facebook ad team telling me how great it would be for me if I paid them for advertising. Only if you’re willing to pay enough can you get your content to people who have “liked” you, or “followed” you. And there is a Universal Studios ad prominently displayed on my news feed, and I’ve never “liked” or “followed” them. It seems facebook is no longer a part of the “social network” but more a tool of the capitalist network. I understand ads pay for something that is otherwise free, but what is facebook at this point other than an ad machine?
But maybe I’m being too harsh. Maybe I’m just being a whiner. Maybe I haven’t told enough people that they’re #SAD or #losers. Maybe I just don’t understand how best to use facebook.
I guess I should just call the Russians. They seem to have figured it out.
And honestly, I’m not really worried about someone reading this and thinking less of me for complaining and being negative.
I’ll be posting this on facebook. No one will see it anyway.