Ted Leonsis is the owner of the Washington Capitals. The ex-AOL executive is very tech savvy. He prides himself on being open and available and was one of the first owners to use blogs to communicate information.
He has the same issues I find myself having with Facebook. Just on a (much) larger scale. And I don't have people asking me for venture capital.
6+ months into the Great Facebook Experiment, here's what I am finding:
- Personal friends are now slowly creeping into Facebook. Part of the upswing is a result of the pending 20 year high school reunion. This is a good thing. I think.....
- Interestingly, the majority of my personal friends are still found over at LinkedIn. My professional friends are dominantly at Facebook. Hmmmm....
- I agree with Ted - Facebook is getting way too cluttered. I still enjoy throwing the occasional chicken. But this is getting ridiculous. I have a vampire bite, an easter egg, and some other miscellany waiting for me to authorize and they all require me to add yet another ap on my profile and send my information to some group of strangers. Love you all but no thanks. Just throw me a chicken.
- Have you started to find yourself dreading yet another email from Facebook announcing something that you have to log into Facebook to deal with?
- Is it just me or is Facebook tough to navigate? 6 months in and I'm still trying to remember how to see my inbox, edit my profile and find new friends. Mostly trying to cut through the clutter. LinkedIn, to me, is much easier to navigate and find friends of friends. Maybe I just don't play in the Facebook sandbox enough.
- Ultimately, Facebook, for me, is a solution looking for a problem. I am not interested in creating new problems for myself in order to use a tool (please see Twitter....). I have enough on my plate already, thanks.
My attempts to use Facebook as a personal toolkit haven't worked all that well. I think it's because I haven't found a compelling reason to really work with it the way it probably needs to be worked with.
So how has your Facebook experiment been going?