Tuesday, May 25, 2010

There are alternatives to Facebook

The debate about Facebook's apparent lack of respect for our privacy is still raging. I am still considering whether to stay with Facebook or not!

My decision however probably won't be influenced all that much by what Facebook does or doesn't do about privacy.
I find LinkedIn a far superior place because for me there is an absence of fluff on LinkedIn whereas Facebook for me contains all kinds of useless stuff that I mostly find annoying and an unnecessary interruption to my life.

There are other alternatives to Facebook of course such as Trustworks, or Hyves. I am not a member of either of these however I do stay up with who is doing what and where.

For me my question is: What is the value for me of staying on Facebook? And right now I can't see a lot of value. It is not a tribe for me like differencemakers, or egurusbiz, or the groups of I am involved in on LinkedIn.

I would be interested in your thoughts.

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1 comment:

  1. I held out high hopes for Facebook at the start of the year, particularly as it seemed to be adding features to make it more business-friendly. And I was looking forward to watching it and then talking about it so I could help people use it more effectively in their business (for example, to avoid the sort of inane chatter that clutters it up for people like you, Ian).

    However, with its recent changes to its privacy policy, I'm having second thoughts. Like you, Ian, I probably won't be influenced by what it actually does in terms of its privacy settings (I'm pretty careful about my personal privacy on-line anyway). But I might leave in protest because of its intent in its actions.

    Facebook's users are not Facebook's customers. The customers are the advertisers, and the users are the product. That might seem cold and hard, but it's the truth. However, that doesn't mean Facebook should treat its users badly. It might be legal, but it's not good business, and it's not surprising that there's been such a backlash (for example, 31st May has been designated as "Quit Facebook Day").

    Google, for example, has the same market dynamic (its customers are advertisers, and its users are the product). But it treats its users with much more respect, and when it does inadvertently make privacy mistakes - as it did recently in its initial launch of Google Buzz - it apologises and fixes its mistake.