Well, it finally happened, Facebook has gone off the rails and the other day,I deleted my personal Facebook account. As to the WoodyBoater facebook account with over 17,000 likes, we are keeping that, but will not be feeding it anymore. We need to keep it to protect our Copyright and Trademark, but don’t look for content there anymore. We are done. Facebook is a slimy thing. I have for a long time felt creepy about it, since we are the product and they are the platform. But nothing is free in this world and Facebook is using you and I for ad targeted sales. Throttling back stories so you are encouraged to pay, and creating a cluster you know what of crap, that is not reliable or useful anymore.
Now I know I have said to the local chapters that it’s a good tool to use as a way to stay connected to your small chapter community and outreach. BUT, Facebook changes daily, and how that Chapter data is used is not cool. Just turn on the news. If you really want to dig deeper it gets far darker with leaked memos about doing business at all cost, even if it helps a terrorist bombing. YUP!
So for a minute forget all this crap and fake apologies from them. The younger audience you want to reach? They are not on Facebook anymore. It’s old people. Over 40, is old people in the digital world. So, you are no longer reaching the real target anyway if you think its for younger people. Younger folks to get into the passion. They are on Instagram, a Facebook owned Co by the way, and other platforms. I will say that we feed Instagram, but it does very little to drive traffic to WoodyBoater, so, we don’t feed that much anymore.
So what are we gonna do? Focus on what we do best, Daily fun exclusive reports on the culture, and keep building a better experience. The App is growing, and has some of the same Creepy Factor tracking issues as Facebook, so we will be adjusting that, including opting OUT of any Facebook sign in. Which gives Facebook access to you as well. You can go to your profile and turn off tracking if you like. It just leaves the red W where you last opened the App.
Hope this has been helpful info, we take your privacy and the Community’s privacy very very seriously, and never want to be creepy. In that way. We are certainly okay being creepy in other ways.
By the way, if you think I am just saying this for WoodyBoater here is an Op Ed piece I wrote for Media Post on the topic of Advertisers Boycotting Facebook.