Recently, the CEO of Rocket Matter (who just so happens to also be my husband) wrote about the many reasons why he deleted his personal Facebook account. And, I have to admit, I do see his point to some degree.
But despite his enthusiasm for no longer being part of the social media giant, I’m not following suit.
Sure, I get annoyed with my newsfeed from time to time. And I’ve had to block quite a few people for various reasons. However, I joined Facebook in April of 2008, and in the past decade there have been a lot of times Facebook has actually been a huge asset both personally and professionally. Here are just a few examples:
- Just a few weeks ago, a teen girl in my area went missing. My Facebook newsfeed was instantly bombarded with info about the girl in hopes that someone would recognize her and find her. I don’t know all the details as I don’t really know the family. But the girl is thankfully now home safe and sound. Facebook likely played a part in that.
- A neighbor’s mom is in the hospital. A friend’s dog dies. A co-worker’s son just won his Little League championship. If it weren’t for Facebook, I might not know about these things. If my neighbor, friend, or co-worker didn’t tell me such news (good or bad) I wouldn’t know to congratulate them or send my support or sympathy.
- If it weren’t for someone sharing this on Facebook, I probably would have never seen this video. That’s not a good thing. Everyone needs to see this video.
- And this Halloween-related one! Skip the first 30 seconds and then….OMG!
- The #MeToo movement. Sure, there’s a lot of nonsense on Facebook and plenty of angry, nasty political discourse. But the #MeToo movement is an example of something great that has come out of social media.
- Facebook makes it SO easy to remember everyone’s birthdays. That’s nice.
- Last month, I was in a very dangerous situation in my hometown. My car and/or my purse was almost stolen. I have no idea if the men were armed. I posted about my experience on Facebook, and I got more comments on it than on any of my previous posts. Some of my friends and neighbors had no clue about the prevalence of these car break-ins. Others shared their similar stories. Facebook helped me start a dialogue about the dangers in our seemingly safe town. It gave me a place to post information about an incredible self-defense class in our area. They say that “knowledge is power.” Well, I can’t think of a faster way to spread important knowledge regarding safety than through Facebook.
- Have something to promote? Facebook is one of the best places to do just that. There are 1.86 billion people on the social network. That’s a lot of potential customers.
- I just went to my high school reunion. I attended a small school where my graduating class knew each other well, but I haven’t seen some of these people in 25 years. However, when we were all together, it didn’t seem like that much time had passed. I knew about their kids, where they lived, and what they did for a living. Some of their children looked familiar to me. They knew about the books I had written and the scary incident I had just had in the parking lot. I thank Facebook for keeping us connected in some way. I’m not saying I’m best friends with everyone I graduated with, but it makes me happy seeing what everyone is up to. Same goes for other friends and relatives I might not speak to often. We are still connected without having to keep in touch on a regular basis.
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