I don’t mean that I hate Facebook in general. It can be a fun way to pass the time when I have a few spare moments and need to unwind and want to play Scrambler. Wait.. spare time? What’s that? I have only the vaguest recollection…
Networked Blogs is actually a decent tool for at least telling people I have a blog and I use Facebook groups to organise reminders for the Writing Adventure Group. Those are good features.
But overall, Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth.
In the past week I’ve gotten 20″ friend requests” from people who probably won’t ever talk to me or read my profile page… all writers wanting to promote their books, but not actually wanting to engage. I have 36 group invitations from writers and publishers, all of which I declined without even reading the promo. All they’re ever used for is to send me emails about books they’re selling. Same with becoming fans of their books, going to chats about their books, reading blog entries about their books.
It’s not that I’m not interested in other writers. I am! It’s really that I’m so inundated with mass mailings on Facebook that I have gotten jaded toward them and don’t even read them anymore. In the past six months I’ve been invited to purchase hundreds upon hundreds of books. None of these “invitations” were personal, but more like leaflets in the mail. I go in and delete all my incoming messages 99% of the time because they aren’t directed to me, but to a sea of random people.
If I feel that way, I imagine many others do too.
In addition to that, even though I have used Facebook to promote this blog, it doesn’t bring much traffic here at all.
Right now I’m enjoying Twitter, probably because it’s about real contact, not just sending out a flurry of blind invites to hundreds of people.
Question: As writers, bloggers, or even readers, do you feel the same way about promotion on Facebook, or have you had a different experience?