There’s Power in a “Like”

If you thought Facebook was good, harmless, fun, think again. I read this story recently on Mashable.com: Man Assaults Wife for Not “Liking” His Facebook Update (http://mashable.com/2011/10/09/man-assaults-wife-facebook/).

Apparently you should think twice about liking, or not liking, someone’s posts. Consider this your warning.

It is interesting though, the amount of validation we can get and give through social media. There’s power in a good comment, a retweet, or a simple “like.” We probably SHOULD think twice about how we use these tools to encourage. It could make the difference.

Leaving Facebook in Droves for Google+

So… Google+ is here and people are leaving Facebook in droves.

That’s the way it sounds anyway.

But it’s not true.

I don’t have any data to back that up, but really? Why would anyone leave Facebook for a brand new site that is still in beta?

Don’t get me wrong. I love Google. And, I see a lot of potential in Google+. But, I really don’t see any reason to abandon Facebook at this point.

I can understand that someone might be fed up with Facebook, but are you really going to leave it, and the massive following you’ve developed over the years, for Google+. At best you probably have a handful of friends on Google+. Isn’t the point of a social network to have a “social network” of people to interact with?

Are you going to leave behind the countless pictures you’ve uploaded?

What about that game of Farmville you have going?

How are you going to know when you’re friends are having events?

How are you going to send messages to people that you don’t have email addresses or phone numbers for?

I could keep going on, but as you can see, Facebook still has a leg up on Google+. I hope that changes. I hope Google+ becomes successful, useful, and everything a social network should be. But it’s not there yet.

So, hold your horses. Don’t abandon Facebook yet. Let’s see what Google+ does first.

Facebook Privacy: Friend Lists

Love it or hate it if you use Facebook you have to figure out those ridiculous privacy features.  And if that wasn't enough, those features seem to be changing every day.  It's impossible to keep up.
 
This is far from ingenious, but I decided the other day that I would do away with all of my friend lists and categorize all of my friends into one of three lists.  The lists I created are called Full, Limited, and No Access.  You probably have a pretty good idea of what each of those categories means just from their titles, but let me break it down a little more. 
 
Full gets full access to everything I have on Facebook.  This group is limited to only a select group of friends that I want to be able to see my status updates, address info, etc. 
 
Limited gets limited access to my Facebook profile.  This group doesn't get to see my status updates, but they have access to my address and contact info. This is for that group of long lost high school friends, co-workers, etc. You want them to be able to contact you, but you don't want them to see everything you do on Facebook.
 
No Access has everything locked down.  Since Facebook changed the way pages works all of the pages that you previously followed show up on your friends list. I dumped all of the pages in here.  I don't want them to have my contact info, photos, or be able to see my status updates.  Call me a grouch but I don't think it's necessary.
 
And that's what I've done with my friends lists.  If you're worried about privacy amongst your thousands of Facebook friends you might consider doing something similar.