I’ve been reading about some YA authors who are leaving Facebook for a variety of reasons. I’m not going to argue about why one should or shouldn’t do so. This post is not a rant (I don’t think).
It seems that the new privacy changes have at least something to do with people’s decision to leave. And whenever people talk about privacy and Facebook, I generally glaze over and update my status to something having to do with business socks or cocaine. Just kidding. But the truth is, I just don’t have issues with privacy. I really don’t care if you know my kids names, think I talk too much about being published, wince when I curse, know when I’m feeling insecure, etc. Sure, I draw some lines on what to share. I guess that’s all the control I need. I’ve never really needed much control. I wasn’t a gunner in school. I let my husband make most of the financial decisions, and if my kids have a solid reason for why they should miss their bedtime, then fine, stay up. In six years, I’ve never locked my front door.
So why don’t I have privacy issues? (1) Maybe it’s because I’m on the unpublished side of PUBLICATION. It’s like there’s the PUBLICATION fence. One side is Published. The other is Unpublished. Maybe if I were published and had a wider readership, then I’d care more about privacy. Further, since I’m not published, I’m still getting to know the business and those within it. Social Media is a wonderful way to do that. But, I really don’t think being published will change my non-issue. (I can only hope that someday I’ll find out.) I think it’s just my nature to be open and have that “whatever” attitude. (2) Maybe my lack of issues are because I just like attention. And people. People really fascinate me. Probably this is why I like to write, you know, about people. I like conversation about what’s on TV, I like seeing family photos, and I don’t mind silencing the yappers who are all Jesus-y and political. That’s everywhere, and worse when it’s in person. I LOVE being able to turn people off of my screen.
I mean, it’s called Facebook. It’s about making yourself public. It seems to me that the potential to make money and market yourself (to readers/potential readers) is equal to the potential of Facebook doing the same with any information I provide. I guess you could argue that marketing gets confused with relationship, but that’s getting a little full of ourselves, isn’t it? To me, a Facebook friendship is just a connection. What you do with the connection makes for a relationship.