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Is Facebook Killing Personal Blogs?

Posted: Sunday March 08 2009 @ 5:39pm

Religious Order: Science and Technology

This has been bothering me. Once you start using Facebook, does that then cause you to pay less attention to your own personal blog? I'd hate for that to happen. Facebook is nice and all, but still gives you a fairly shallow view of a person. Certainly, it doesn't give you the sort of view that a personal blog can.

And I seem to be posting less once I started actually using Facebook. Anne, too.

But Facebook does have those neat social connection features. Certainly, none of the people from my High School class are going to happen across my blog.

Luckily, it turns out that Facebook claims you can have it import an external blog. You give it an RSS feed URL and it loads up the posts as separate notes in Facebook. It will also periodically check the feed for new posts, adding them as new Notes.

I imported this blog, for shits and giggles, and it seemed to work. We'll see if this new post eventually shows up as a Facebook Note. (It could take a few hours. They don't constantly ping blogs.)

The question left unanswered? How offended will old High School classmates be by my blog posts?

(Of course, I was a loud, opinionated, atheist asshole in High School, too.)

Avatar for Anne Anne blathered on about something on Sunday March 08 2009 @ 6:48pm

Good to know!

I think it is killing blogs. I have 3 (blogs, that is) and none seem very interesting to me now. (Although I will say that the week the SCOTUS decides "too much preemption" *and* there is yet another law student-cum-prostitute story in the news is not the week I should have taken a court-o-rama vacay!)

The thing is, audience: who is on facebook? Who reads your blog? For me these are 2 different sets of people, with just a tiny bit of overlap.

The only thing I've found pretty useless is Twitter. Everyone on Etsy swears by Twitter, and suddenly I have a ton of followers. But I don't follow back, so the Etsy folks drop me like a hot pincushion.

Avatar for Tommy Tommy blathered on about something on Sunday March 08 2009 @ 6:53pm

Same here regarding audience. The Notes import seems to work well, except that the links back to the blog blow up half the time. (It goes through a redirect page that doesn't seem to redirect very well.)

I'd be happiest if *everybody* ran a personal blog.

I dump whatever I'm listening to to Twitter. Other than that, it really doesn't interest me. Frankly, that's what RSS feeds are for.

Avatar for Anne Anne blathered on about something on Sunday March 08 2009 @ 6:56pm

Twitter is quite useless, except that I find it entertaining to write what I'm doing in the few spaces alotted. My followers consist of Etsy whores and random strippers, plus a few friends. (Sorry I had to stop following the soundtrack that is SRHN's Twit!) If I were on a desert island, I would not miss Twitter.

Avatar for Tommy Tommy blathered on about something on Sunday March 08 2009 @ 7:01pm

I'm amazed that *anyone* follows the damn thing. I was just playing with dumping stuff to it via a Unix shell script and cURL.

Avatar for Andrew T. Andrew T. blathered on about something on Tuesday March 10 2009 @ 7:39pm

I was a member on The Facebook back in the early days before they lopped the "The" off the name. The advents of the news feed, sponsored ads, third-party applications, and Beacon fiasco, coupled with general anxieties over social networking, caused me to slowly but surely lose all interest in the site.

So, I put all my eggs IN the "personal website/blog" nest instead. I'm less in touch with my classmates now than I would be otherwise, but I don't really care: I had a miserable time in high school, and college wasn't much better.

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