As I sit here on this snowing Wednesday morning, watching the news, having my coffee and browsing Facebook, I came upon one of my favorite posts from Heatherland. She is a Christian speaker who posts from Snap Chat with the filters. She posts commentary on various observations that most of us can relate to. The bottom line is you can LIKE it or NOT. Her post today was about those who choose to post negative, hurtful comments on her posts. This type of commenting really gets my goat! I know there are many of you out there who don't like FB and choose not to join. That is awesome. I can understand why you may not want to associate with social media. Facebook, like television, radio, etc. may contain content that you don't care to see or read. But, frankly, your FB content is controlled by you. So, as far as I can tell from my experience, the people you 'FRIEND', the posts that you 'LIKE', the pages you 'FOLLOW' and the comments you make, all dictate what you are going to see in your newsfeed. I've had a few FB 'Friends' who find the need to air their grievances, blast their political opinions, tirelessly comment negatively on everyday topics, share inappropriate photos or use obscene language. Well, I tell ya, I ain't lookin' at that! If I see these things consistently from a particular 'friend', I don't comment back, I just use the convenient little
button called, "UNFOLLOW'. If you don't want to see these posts, but you want to stay connected to this person, this is your option. If you are not really close to the person and don't care to stay connected, 'UNLIKE' is your button. My mom always said, if you can't say anything nice, keep your mouth shut! Well, I think many hide behind the keyboard and spout hatred and negativity which is something they would never do face to face. I don't want to be associated with such people. If you look at my personal FB page, you will find family photos, encouraging quotes, funny light-hearted videos, home décor and recipes, posts about amazing people. My page is my digital scrapbook and decorating magazine. Technology is here and it's not going away. The younger generation is growing up with it and it is the wave of communication. Facebook is constantly trying to improve it's platform. So, with all of this said, Facebook is a tool and it's up to us to use it responsibly. Don't add fuel to the fire next time you see an inappropriate post by commenting. Just click and remove them. I'm not a social media guru, but I find it interesting that some people choose to stay off of FB because they are tired of the same negative content scrolling through their newsfeed. Maybe it's time for you to 'clean house'. There are so many more options to do this than what I've mentioned. I'm learning more about it all of the time. Honestly, I depend on FB for my business page. It's free advertising for my painting business. There are many small businesses that depend on FB business. Traditional advertising is expensive and many cannot afford it. If I had FB business when I had my Design consulting business 12 years ago, I may have been more successful than I was. Word of mouth is crucial, but getting my name out there to the general public was something I had difficulty with. FB allows your business to get before the general public. Again, if you see a small business post that is not relevant to you...pass it by, don't LIKE the page. However, if you like and share the business post, the business owner is most grateful. You are helping to spread the word to build the small business. I think I've shared enough of my 'two cent opinion'! LOL! I hope this has been helpful to those of you who were not aware of your options. And if the notion hits you, jump over to my FB page 'Whimsied & Distressed', check it out and if it's something that strikes your fancy, LIKE my page! Happy Wednesday, thanks for stopping in!