Some feedback I’ve got about my anti-Facebook usage status is that it’s hypocritical. I complain that Facebook brings a lot of information to me about the lives of other people that I’m simply not interested in. If you’re my friend, I am interested in your life and want to know what is going on, as long as it’s something vaguely interesting or important. The things that I write about on here are on both sides of that line, sometimes something I feel is very interesting to people I expect would read this, and sometimes it’s probably not. So, if I’m adding banality to the Internet, I’m a hypocrite right? Well, maybe. I think that if Facebook let me only see updates from people that I might be interested in knowing what they’ve got going on, and ignore, but remain connected to, other people, things would be different. But it’s not easy to convince Facebook to behave that way. I’d like to know what my immediate family is doing, but a guy I worked with three years ago and haven’t really stayed in contact with? Facebook still gives me stuff from people I only kind of sort of know.
Why I’ve continued to use Facebook to advertise my updates is because most of the people I know that read my blog have no idea what RSS is and/or don’t use it. The decision I’ve come to is that once my site’s metrics tell me that the majority of incoming traffic isn’t from Facebook, I’ll trim that off too. So, what is RSS?
In a nutshell, with a RSS reader, you subscribe to blogs (and other things) and it checks to see if they’ve been updated. Then you read it, or skip it. Interested?
And if you want a RSS reader recommendation from me, I like to use feedbin. It costs money, I find it worth it. Once RSS traffic increases past what Facebook traffic is, I’ll turn it off.
Because, yeah, it is kind of hypocritical.