Over the last few weeks, I’ve been deleting increasing numbers of ‘Friend Requests’ on Facebook, for the simple reason that I don’t know who the senders are. I suspect that some of them are you, and that you’ve hunted me down because you like something I’ve written. If this is the case, please accept my apologies. On the face of it, you appear to be some of the finest people known to man, and your collective taste and judgement is a message of hope to the world. However, what I’ve always preferred to use Facebook for is keeping up to date with people I actually know, or am at least acquainted with.
On the other hand, I can tell from the traffic coming into my website that a lot of people really are using Facebook to track my scribblings and book news. It’s easy to see why. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has the stated aim of making the social network your first stop for absolutely everything. I hear that at this very moment he is developing an application which will not only alert you to the correct times of day to defecate in order to keep your bowels in good order, but will alert all your friends to your compliance or otherwise with the application’s helpful suggestions (with options to upload photographs).
So, damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I don’t really want to inflict all the writing stuff on friends who aren’t interested (I never intended for FB to be a sales channel), but there are clearly people who DO want to to keep up to date that way. My new author page is the solution. Take the following steps, as applicable.
Readers who want writing news: Go and like the page. That simple. Updates will appear in your regular FB experience. If you’re already my ‘friend’, but are really just there to hear about new stories and books, feel free to unfriend my personal profile at the same time. I won’t mind.
Friends who also want writing news: Go and like the page, but keep me friended too. I’ll try not to cross-post to both too often, so you don’t get double tapped with information.
Friends who couldn’t give a stuff what I write, and can’t understand why I don’t get a manly hobby like playing football or kicking puppies: Stay friends, and don’t like the author page. You’ll have minimal exposure to my writerly ways.
Friends who aren’t on Facebook: Hi Michael. Got your email. Hope you’re well. Everybody else, select from the above.
There, that should keep everybody happy. Oh, except the Google+ crowd. I am there. Hunt me down. I don’t know what to do with it yet, but I’ll work it out.
Now do what you must do.