The “I Hate Facebook” Guy

Everybody knows this guy.

He wrinkles his nose when Facebook comes up in conversation.  He makes a point of telling you first, that he hates Facebook, and second, that he only has one at the coercion of other people.  He asks if you’re aware that Facebook sells your personal data to advertising companies — not because he’s concerned for your privacy, of course, but so he can have the pleasure of telling you how it’s being undermined.

Now a confession:

I’m that guy.  Or at least, I was until recently.

But with the book out, I’ve come to accept that Facebook is probably the simplest and most efficient way to reach out to people, organize content, and keep information up-to-date.  To that end, I’ve created an official author page on Facebook.

I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it.  My intention was and still is to use my own personal page to interface with people.  A few people I know have expressed surprise and alarm at this, but I’m not concerned; if nothing else, Facebook at least has user-to-user privacy controls down to a science.

There’s also the very real concern of fracturing my audience: that is, if I have two Facebooks and eight blogs and twelve twitter accounts, how the hell do they keep it all straight?  And which ones do they follow?

My basic policy will be to post any pertinent information on the channel most suited to it, and link on all the rest.  So you might see a short Facebook or Twitter post along the lines of “New blog post about Amazon stats,” linking to a post on the blog which goes into more detail.

Hopefully it won’t be too much of a headache to manage.  But I guess we’ll find out!

Here, at least, you can access various social networking outlets via the blogroll on the left.

The new author page can be found here.

And don’t forget to go buy the book if you haven’t already!  Fifty cents of every sale go to the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps families affected by epilepsy.

— Brandon