I am considering setting up a Facebook account. I had one a long time ago, but I canceled it after only a couple of years because I NEVER used it. NEVER as in not once did I post a status. I had a profile picture, and I friended people, but that’s about it. Then they changed the privacy settings, and I figured I’d just get out. And I think this was around 2007. Maybe 2009. Hey, it was 2010! (Damn, I was kind of funny in 2010. Wonder what happened?) Now, with all the moving around, I’ve gotten a lot of requests (some outright demands) that I get on Facebook.
I’m considering it.
I still probably wouldn’t use it much. I’m on Twitter (@zannah42), and as of today, I’m on Instagram (also zannah42 – is there a symbol for Instagram?), although that’s going to be a little-used account, I would imagine. I don’t take many pictures. And (most-used), I’m HERE. What would I post on Facebook that I wouldn’t post here first (or possibly on Twitter)? I don’t really see the point, but for people being able to track me down and connect, maybe it’s worth it.
But that raises another interesting question. (Well, it’s interesting to me.) Should I link to my blog on my Facebook page (assuming I set one up)? I know that all you people know who I am in real life, but technically, I am anonymous here. I’ve never used my full name, never my last name, never the last names of my family members. I’ve never given out my address or posted a picture that included my house number or even mentioned the name of the town we owned that house in for nearly 10 years. NOW I’m fine with saying we live in Annapolis (for now), but I’m still not using my full name or giving out my address. Someone would have to work at it (not that hard, but it would take a little effort) to find out who I really am if they stumbled across me here accidentally. I am not a public figure. But Facebook is not anonymous. I would have to use my real name. And if I post a link to my blog on a Facebook account with my information in it, then I will stop being anonymous here.
Then again, what does that really mean? What do I post that anyone out there couldn’t read? I don’t go into details about work. Once in a while, I talk about finding another job, but who doesn’t? Besides, I haven’t yet. (I’m not even looking.) I have plenty of good reasons to stick with the one I have. Being afraid of getting fired because of something I write here is not how I want to live. I don’t discuss huge personal details. I don’t say bad things about other people (not that could get me in trouble with anyone I know, anyway).
Of course, if I don’t link to my blog on my as-of-yet-hypothetical Facebook page, will I feel compelled to update there, too? [Thinks about it for 2 seconds.] No. That is not going to be a problem. So then it will be a basically unused page, there for people to find me if they want to. But if I link to my blog, then it will be an unused page with a link to my blog. Why link to my blog? To drive traffic here? As if people will really come find me on Facebook (a big if, aside from the people who have been asking me about it) and then say, “Oh, I wonder what she’s really thinking?” Not likely. So…I have not come to any conclusions. Help!
Back to practical matters (if I decide to do it): do I have to have a personal FB account? Or can I set one up that’s for me and John? (There is NO way he’s creating an account under his name.) I think if I set up a Facebook page for us, I still have to have a personal account to manage it. Google isn’t really helping me out here.