Last month I got a notice from WordPress saying that Facebook was going to stop allowing automatic posting of WP posts to FB profiles. I’ve been using that feature for seven years now and at first was a little disappoint that it was going away. WP say that I could switch to an FB page (yes, there’s a difference) and still do the auto post thing.
So I did a little thinking.
When I first setup my WP blog I also connected it to my Facebook account (now called a profile) and setup a Twitter account. I also setup a Google Plus account. The thinking then was that by reflecting my content to many different social media channels that I’d gain a bigger following on WordPress.
Turns out it doesn’t work that way. People tend not to cross into different social silos. If they follow you on Facebook, they follow you on Facebook and rarely click-through to the blog website. Same with Twitter and Google Plus has always been a place were content goes to die.
I’ve gained the most following on WP by liking, following and commenting directly on other people’s WP blogs.
It was never my intent to create a wildly popular blog, but it’s nice to have a few followers and people who seem to enjoy what I post here. As to the other channels – well I never understood G+ so I let that die, FB is where I communicate with family, and a few friends so I’ll manually cross-post the few things I know FB friends like and generally not worry about it.
I have never really liked Twitter and found that it’s mostly just noise of a thousand birds. It says little to me and most times it just gives a platform to people I don’t want to hear from (note that freedom of speech works both ways – I have the right to not listen to you). I’ve become more aware that the platform is being used by people and messages I don’t support. In fact there is a lot of content there that violates the Twitter user guidelines and Twitter refuses to remove that content. Remember that Twitter makes more money when more people use it, so it’s in Twitter’s interest to start and support fights, inappropriate and harmful content and other bad behavior just to keep people on the channel seeing the ads.
I’ve deleted my Twitter account. I don’t support the company or the method of dialog it encourages.
The result is that I’ve lost about 300 WordPress followers (FB and Twitter connections added to my follower count). I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this post loses me more followers.
But this blog is selfish – it’s about how I see the world and as an outlet for my art. If you follow me here, like my posts and take the time to comment, I deeply appreciate the time you give me and my writings.