My social network usage (Spring 2018)

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I thought I’d look at my social network usage as it now stands, versus the last time I wrote in-depth about it.


Facebook app on phone
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Facebook’s the dominant social network; however, for myself, it’s mostly secondary to Twitter. I mainly use it because my family and online friends use it, plus its sheer dominance makes it impossible to completely ignore.

That said, I don’t get much site traffic from my Facebook page. That’s partly thanks to Facebook’s algorithms artificially throttling pages, basically making the network “pay to play.” As such, my Facebook page is more of a token effort these days.


Twitter’s my most frequently  used social network. All of my followers can see my tweets, I can see all of the tweets of those I follow, and it ties more into my hobbies and interests than Facebook does.

Granted, Twitter’s problems, like Facebook’s, are infamous, particularly its lackadaisical attitude toward trolls, harassment, and misinformation.


Google+ still draws some traffic to my site, but almost nobody I know online uses it. I’ve also fallen off on using the few communities I did join. Thus, my Google+ profile’s nowadays just for posting links to new blog posts. If it weren’t for the site traffic Google+ generates, I’d consider just shuttering my profile altogether, as it’d mean keeping up with one less social network.


I still use Instagram for posting new photos. A few online friends, family, and relatives also follow me on the photo-sharing service.

Other networks


Photo by minachan (Pixabay / CC0)

Of course, I regularly use YouTube to watch various videos. It’s only listed here since some consider it a “social network.”

I do maintain a YouTube page, but it’s just a few old unboxing videos and a basic promo I made for the blog. While I’ve been asked a few times if I have a video podcast (or an audio podcast), I’ve got no plans to start such. (Hearing my voice recorded for my voice mail alone’s bad enough…)


I still occasionally update my LinkedIn page. However, it hasn’t been a top priority, given LinkedIn hasn’t helped me actually gain work. LinkedIn does serve a use as a digital address book for contacts I’ve met at some functions.


As I wrote last fall, I’ve stopped updating my Pinterest page, though the page itself is still up.


Unlike my Pinterest page, I’ve not only stopped using Tumblr, but also shuttered the page I had up. Between a lack of site traffic generated, a drop in interest, the fact I already have a blog running, and Yahoo‘s problems, it seemed easier to just delete it entirely.


As things now stand, my main social media presence is on Twitter and Facebook. I make occasional use of Instagram and LinkedIn; meanwhile, Google+ and YouTube see limited usage.

Given Facebook and Twitter’s constant algorithm changes, ongoing problems, etc., some bloggers and website owners are rediscovering the virtues of email for sending newsletters and new blog post notifications. And of course, good old RSS is still around. As I previously mentioned in my post on blogger promotion alternatives to Facebook, RSS and email are open standards that anyone can freely use.

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  1. Nice to hear an update on your social media usage across channels. I’ve started blogging more, with the general goal of getting myself to appreciate life more. Blogging helps me to view things more constructively. Another reason why I blog is for the comments. I love comments. With that, I’ve given into Facebook, and have started to post excerpts of my blog posts directly on my Facebook profile. (Not my Facebook Page, because of Facebook’s dialing-down on Pages). So far I’ve gotten a good amount of comments on Facebook for these posts. It makes me feel like what I’m writing is appreciated.

    1. Good luck with Facebook! I don’t have the biggest Facebook follower count or friend count, so it also might work better for someone else (algorithm hijinks notwithstanding).

  2. I’m building up my YouTube channel this year. With National Raw Feeding Week, I’ll be added at least 25 videos to YouTube about raw feeding and adjacent topics!!!

    I stopped using Google Plus, I use it so little that I got an email from them for spamming because I use an automated sharing service. LOL So I don’t post there anymore.

    I also don’t use Twitter. I want to, but I’m a Facebook person.

    I use Instagram for pictures; it’s still within my niche, but I’m not using it to it’s full potential and I’d like to change that this spring.

    1. Good luck with the YouTube channel/National Raw Feeding Week promotion! Also, if Facebook works better for you than Twitter, then maybe stick with what works…

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