Facebook no more!


It’s official.  I am no longer a fan of Facebook.

While nobody offended me, while I did not have a bad experience, I am not thrilled about the useless informal idea of social media sharing.

Facebook have been sucking time from my life too long and not making me any money and, unlike money, time is a zero sum game. While some of the time spend on Facebook may have edifying, as a real person, I rather much prefer to meet with my real friends Face to Face and most of my Facebook friends are not actually friends.  This makes me wonder of the reason why I initially got on Facebook: “How many virtual friends can I assemble?” 

As for the photo sharing process, there are other much more better options.  And, after all, everything considered, why would I care about sharing and seeing my pictures on Facebook for the FBI, the Mossad, The CIA, The RCMP or other mobster organization or governmental agencies around the world? Do I hate myself, the members of my family or my friends that much? Thinking about it, Facebook often brings out the worst in people.  The willingness of so many to demonstrate their arrogance and total ignorance of the facts of life still boggles me!  I learn more about everything and everyone on Twitter.  

Twitter is in fact to Facebook what a biography is to a novel. There is nothing wrong with reading fiction, but I confess that I feel a little guilty and ashamed when I spend time reading something that do not make any sense, that is total fabrication, that did not or will never actually happen. Twitter is now one of my number one sources for hard news, opinions and facts as well as a relational connecting point. This is even better than LinkedIn to learn about people and or their expertise. Twitter is more of a resource and less of a popularity contest and self-congratulating tool than both, Facebook and LinkedIn

Furthermore, the presence of ads on Facebook is getting ridiculous.  Am I the only one who notices that?

Yes, like I like to say, “less is often more” and my only mission in life is to simplify life, my life and the life of everyone else who, like me, would like to profit from life, not just have a taste of what life can be. What I want, for myself and everyone is a lower cost of living, both financial and energy wise and a higher quality of life. What I want is to limit the number of these insignificant and meaningless things that compete for my attention so that I can enjoy those I really care the most about.  Yes indeed, less is often more and Facebook is simply not for me.

Goodbye, Facebook, Hello Twitter!



Is LinkedIn Worth It?

Do you have a LinkedIn profile?

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Are you really doing anything with it?

If you’re like most people, the answer to that is no.

We can only devote so much time and attention spread across various social media sites. Something’s have to give. Some sites we personally like more than others. The way I look at it, you are better off working with the ones you like.

It’s no secret I love Twitter and barely tolerate Facebook or LinkedIn. I still enjoy having whatever reach and influence I can muster on those other sites, but most of my energy goes into Twitter. There have been times when I have even considered just getting rid of any social media profiles on services I don’t love.

However, I think that would be shortsighted. I’m expected to know a thing or two about these sites and so use them even though I’d never claim to have any credibility with using them for marketing.

However, going back to LinkedIn, here are a couple thoughts that I would like to share with you:

  • LinkedIn is great if your clientele is businesses, which are big enough to have employees.
  • LinkedIn is great if you’re employed rather than an entrepreneur.
  • LinkedIn is great if you are a freelancer, due to its powerful recommendation feature.
  • LinkedIn is not so hot if your idea of marketing is having a good time and posting stuff that’s humorous or casual.
  • LinkedIn is not so great if you’re not looking for a job or to hire someone.

I could possibly be very wrong, but these are my impressions of LinkedIn and I strongly believe that I am not the only one in the business world thinking this way.

On the contrary opinion, there are some people out there suggesting LinkedIn is in fact, a virtual goldmine of leads and contacts if you know how to work it. Maybe they are right!

Therefore, here is my question for you:

What do you really think of LinkedIn? How much did you financially get out of it? Is it really worth the time and effort?

For me personally, it is not as if LinkedIn is so much a terrible waste of time or even that annoying, I simply do not believe that I need to build these connections, to make these new friends. I already do that on Facebook and Twitter.

Even though it seems like my industry would compel me to keep up with LinkedIn and try to network my way through it, I have never gotten the sense that it does. If I need to pitch a story to a provincial, national or international newspaper, I can and I will do it through usual and regular channels. It will always prove to be a lot more efficient.

If I need to network looking for more work, I can and I will most certainly do that on the golf course or on the phone. Again, It will always prove to be a lot more efficient.