Do You Need Facebook?

Last Update: November 12, 2019

I've been thinking about quitting Facebook for a few weeks now.

I started about 4 weeks ago spending much less time scrolling through posts and more time here answering questions, leaving comments and generally learning more about online marketing. It has had a very positive experience. I would say I've written another article a week by not wasting time on Facebook.

That's all very positive but one thing I've missed is the creative side to my account.. I make natural soaps and am in a couple of groups which I find interesting. I'm wondering if I can get the same sort of creative 'fix'going on Pinterest instead..

I have been finding Facebook to be like a young teenager with no filter, saying what you like, to whom you like, when you like and how you like and to hell with the consequences or even a single thought to the other person that you are attacking. It's getting me down. My own nephew thought it ok to make his thoughts known in no uncertain terms on one of my posts.. I'm in two minds right now whether to just ignore it, he's 21 so should know better, or to cross him off my Christmas list!! I did comment that I was not going to stoop to his level and he need to remember who exactly he's talking to.

That aside...

What benefit is Facebook to my business? I have a business account and post my articles there. Maybe I just go with that and stagnate my personal account.. can you have a business account without a personal one? That would be preferable I think.

My kids don't really use Facebook personally, except my older son, but he always tells me what's going on anyway so I don't need it for him. I do have friends on there that I don't see but keep in touch through it.... I wonder if there's another platform that would be better..

What are your thoughts? Does life go on without Facebook?

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JeffreyBrown Premium
Helen,

I don't use it very much--don't like it or have the time for it, but you could always try to stay off for a couple of weeks and see--nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Jeff
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Helen123 Premium
Good plan Jeff... Here in Kenya its more difficult so I think you have a plan there and what time I do have Ill spend here.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
One thing is for sure, Helen, that might be enough time for you to get a definitive answer to aid your decision!

Jeff
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Joes946 Premium
I do very little on FaceBook, but that is just a personal thing. Some do great with it. Just whatever works for you
Joe
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Helen123 Premium
Thanks Joe, not working for me so time for a change.
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Joes946 Premium
Do what’s best for you. I am just into posting content at the moment.
Joe
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JanieTH Premium
It definitely does! I got some views on my website from facebook, but going on with the training I see that pinterest is much better and has fewer restrictions on marketing.
Well, now I just something now and then on facebook without much engaging with anyone and one ore two people look at my website.
Could I be where I am without it. Yes, definitely. But I want to keep the chance to eventually run some campaigns.
Will see what works best,
Love
Janie
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Helen123 Premium
I think a professional business Facebook is ok, but not personal. I’m going to walk away from that.
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JKulk1 Premium
I believe it does Helen. I hardly use it since joining WA. I did start a business account but got nowhere fast. I get a lot more response from Pinterest and Instagram. Jim
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Helen123 Premium
Thanks Jim, hope things are ok with you this morning. I’m going to try Instagram and Pinterest and leave Facebook. I font like what it’s turning people into.
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DaveSw Premium
I find that I am spending less time there than I have...For the groups and networking aspects, it still is a vital piece of the business side of things...

There are a lot of people that are leaving their personal sites pretty much dormant. Likely for some of the same reasons you mention...I too have slacked off a lot on the personal posts...

Pinterest is a viable alternative and another one that may work better, depending on your niche, is LinkedIn. We are just entering that space after leaving it now for almost 10 years...

The reason is that on LinkedIn there are so many members that are decision-makers and need what we have to offer - even if they do not realize it yet!

The great thing is that you can decide when enough is for all these platforms. Just say no, walk away and focus on other things...Kinda like quitting cigs for some people though I guess...

Easier said than done...Anyway...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Helen123 Premium
Thanks Dave, definitely food for thought. I hadn’t thought about LinkedIn, I will do some research into that. I’ve spent much less time on Facebook and think I can step away from the personal aspect. It’s not going in a good direction.
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