Last fall, I quit Facebook. I deactivated my personal account and created a fake account to manage my Facebook page, Simply Enough. It’s been awesome. I can’t say that I’ve missed it at all. And it’s been really nice not to feel the compulsive need to “check Facebook.”
The Problem with My Business Page
Of course, Facebook is still a very good way to communicate thoughts and ideas. I had hoped I could continue to do this on my Simply Enough page. However, Facebook is a for-profit business, and they are showing posts from business pages to fewer and fewer followers, so that you’ll pay them to “boost” your posts. For example, Facebook showed my most recent post to 15 of the 319 people who have liked my page. Not worth it.
New “Follow” Functionality
The good news is that since I quit Facebook, there is a new feature that allows you to “follow” or “unfollow” friends and pages. I.e., you can friend a person or like a page, but not have to see their posts on your timeline. Furthermore, you can follow personal profiles without friend the person (that’s been around for a while). When they post things publicly, their posts show up on your timeline.
Switching Back to My Personal Page
Based on all this, I’ve decided to turn my personal page back on, but use it primarily for my work with Simply Enough and my upcoming book about child and adolescent mental health. It will also be a way for me to participate in key local groups and initiatives (e.g. women leaders, county wellness initiative, and mindfulness in schools).
So all that is to say that if you currently like and follow my page Simply Enough, but don’t know me personally, I encourage you to follow my personal page (see below):
I’ll leave the Simply Enough page turned on for a while, but won’t post there going forward.
Not on Facebook?
Here are some other ways to stay connected:
- Sign up to receive my weekly Sunday letter via email and other posts that I publish throughout the week. (This is actually the primary way I engage with readers, and I love it!)
- Follow me on Twitter.
- Circle me on Google+.
- Connect on LinkedIn.
Talk to you soon!