Facebook - Information Aggregation
I don’t use my Facebook account very often. I do log into it a few times a week, but I really don’t find it very interesting. Sure I have been able to connect with some friends that I have not seen since elementary or high school, but for the most part I just don’t see why anyone would spend hours on the site. I also find the ads to be generally annoying and usually irrelevant.
There is one thing I do like about Facebook though, it is a great way to republish some of the content I am already creating on the web to let my friends know what I am up to. This way I can keep my Facebook profile active while simply doing the things I am already doing. I allow Twitter to update my Facebook status, I show my Flickr photos, and I have my StumbleUpon favourites shown. I have even been working on a custom application to show the latests posts from my blogs on my profile.
Aggregating the content you already create on the web on Facebook is a great way of letting your friends know what you are doing, without you having to actually waste your time and login to Facebook. It can also drive some traffic to your blog and other sites. When I posted my April fools post about how much money I was making online, I got quite a few visits from Facebook. I guess all my friends wanted to know how I did it.
Here is a video I thought you might enjoy if you are getting tired of Facebook. It gave me a good chuckle.
Warning: Has some foul language.