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Postby Kay » Wed 5 Mar 2014 05:51 GMT

Just curious - do you read other people's blogs? Do you have favourites which you visit regularly or do you just find what you're looking for via search?

Do you ever comment on blogs?

Sometimes it seems to me that people are so busy on Facebook, they never do anything else online. I've even seen several businesses who've pretty much abandoned their own websites in favour of posting on their Facebook pages.

How about you? Do you hang out a lot on Facebook? Do you still regularly visit other sites?
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Postby JJ » Wed 5 Mar 2014 11:22 GMT

I think Facebook has smothered the blog format for personal wibble, while the blog has become much more a professional tool for marketing and support. The biggest problem with Facebook is that the end-user has little control over what shows in their newsfeed, so you can't guarantee to see every post in a Facebook 'blog'.
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Postby Kay » Wed 5 Mar 2014 12:58 GMT

Another problem with Facebook, especially for businesses, is that you don't have the same control as you would with your own website/blog.

Concentrating on FB has been likened to "sharecropping" - putting your efforts into building up someone else's site. And, of course, FB can change the T&Cs any time they like which could leave you scuppered or seriously out of pocket.

That's why, I usually cringe when I see businesses using FB as a base rather than as an "outpost" and an additional way to extend their reach.

I'm not a fan of FB at all, but I have been using it for BE. I suppose because nearly everyone else is on there. I would rather be on a blog or forum any day.
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Postby Dave » Wed 5 Mar 2014 16:20 GMT

JJ wrote:I think Facebook has smothered the blog format for personal wibble


I laughed when I read this. "Personal wibble" - what a great expression. It's funny 'cos it's true.
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