A topic that consumes me wholly. On the Flickr side of my life I’m becoming seen as *that* dog person, who can think of nothing more interesting/intelligent to photograph than Atlas, my 5-month year old puppy. It seems like I’m also becoming *that* Facebook person too.
Every day there is something new about this social-networking tool that’s a magnet for news, bloggers, and most everyone in my non-profit community. It’s a great tool, don’t get me wrong, but ack, the talk is ubiquitous. I remember back in the day when I first started blogging out of boredom/lack of work to do, and I’d search high and low everyday to find something on the internet that might be entertaining for an hour or two. Mostly I got lost in Yahoo Games. These days, there isn’t enough time in the day to read even 25% of the Facebook articles out there, not even taking into account the activity on Facebook itself. (Not to mention that I have a job that also consumes me wholly).
I’m even torn about writing this post as I’m contributing to the ever growing pile of commentary about Facebook, where of course my thoughts will unlikely rise to the top when we have superstars like Danah Boyd and Robert Scoble. And to be honest, I don’t really have anything else original to say. I can only talk about experience with these tools.
The latest big news story (which is already old news by now) is that Facebook is opening its doors to search engines like Google, MSN, and Yahoo. As Doc Searls says, your “butt” will now be ONLINE instead of the safe walled garden of a ginormous network that pretty much everyone can join anyway. This has implications for privacy and a whole buttload of other things (marketing opportunities and search engine competition to name a few) and will likely once again, shape how the Facebook community evolves.
As I work to develop our organization’s Facebook strategy, as well as the ways in which we connect current program participants and reach out to our alumni online, the Facebook game is one that is constantly in flux, and it’s important to pay attention to all the changes if you plan to do your best within that minuscule timeframe you have until things flip again. Hence my pouring over news/blog/community articles day and night. And of course this all takes into account the assumption that nothing better will be developed tomorrow, causing Facebook users to migrate to the next best thing. Until the “butt-book” goes out of style, it looks like the hyper obsession with all things Facebook will continue…