To Facebook or not to Facebook

I was reading Written Road, a travel writing blog, this morning, and now another of my life principles (besides Math is Evil) has been called into question: Stay Off of Facebook.

I have avoided those sites — Facebook, MySpace, Friendster — because, well. Because.

And now this, which seems to indicate that there are good professional reasons for writers/journalists to be on Facebook. Even the Poynter Institute is coming around.

I don’t mean to sound stodgy and old before my time, but I don’t know how I feel about this… I can see that social networking sites could be good ways to market yourself and your work, but… Really?

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6 thoughts on “To Facebook or not to Facebook

  1. Linkedin.

    I have accounts on a bazillion other places (for various reasons, and including Facebook for another unique reason)…and the only one with lasting meaning and professional benefit is Linkedin.

  2. Yeah, I’ve been polling friends and co-workers, and I’m having a lot people respond that they are on LinkedIn. It’s funny, a friend who is a musician told me she thinks MySpace is the best for musicians, but she also works at a nonprofit, and her boss asked her to join Facebook…I guess it’s all about what works for you.
    I hesitate to go down this path- It’s soooo easy to become oversubscribed to everything, and for writers, that means less time writing.

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