500th post has me wondering if facebook hit it’s tipping point?

chesil beach sunset

Beautiful sunset under grey skies… the golden mile!

Portland’s golden mile. . . These sunsets here are fantastic, lucky us. How can anyone complain with that view? I’m not! ๐Ÿ˜€

This is the 500th post on here, though it should be far higher, it’s still a good milestone.ย Thanks to you all for sticking it out, hi to all new readers, hoping you stick around too.

*High five* to y’all.

So, what do I write about now? ๐Ÿ˜†

Other than me waffling on about this site and such… only a little, promise! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I thought it be interesting to talk about the landscape online and where I think it’s going, what it means for you as a user. . . there is so much out there, what should we use, why?

The changing landscape online has me both excited and bewildered to a point, I can see it’s pluses and negatives. So much interaction going on yet so much noise. Never this noisy offline! Oh wait… well… being deaf helps ๐Ÿ˜†

Let’s dig in…

500th post means nothing really

In all honesty, I’m not overly pleased how things have turned out, (not disappointed either) but that’s not to say I can’t do something about it, it’s not bad but I think I could and should do better, so, that’s the plan for the next 500 post and beyond. ๐Ÿ˜€

Still, there are lessons there. There are things I know I should have done better and will improve them as you’ll see.

The reason the 500th post means nothing is because the most important one was the first! Let’s face it, that IS the hardest one in so many respects, even if crap like mine probably was, just getting started mattered most, without that you got nothing.

If you plan to do anything like this yourself. Even if you are skint/broke/gotfeckall, you can do this, no cost at all. But…

Once you start, don’t stop, momentum has huge benefits and it gets easier, becomes a habit. Before you know it you are sharing your passion, whatever passion it is (fishing/art/writing/biking/cars/knitting/whatever/anything else) with like minded people and they are sharing it with others too. That first step is the important one, growth can’t happen before you start!

So many people say what should I do, how do I do this. . . everyone will say just do something, then deal with it, while true, if you got questions you need answering, go search for them, almost everything is online if you look, if you really must ask someone, ask better questions, be specific. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Get started, but don’t stop!

Nothing stays the same anyway, roll with the flow, adapt, learn along the way, improve but stay in the loop.

Who updated the internet and why

I went offline too long, that was a bit of a mistake, it meant I stepped out of the loop a little too long, everything moved on alot. Parallax anyone? ๐Ÿ˜†

Websites and blogs change, I don’t know what I expected when I got back online properly, after three or four years I should have known things would look so different!

Must admit parallax stuff doesn’t really do anything for me, but it’s happening.

Things change, websites and blogs were never going to sit still, yet the biggest single change I see so far is the net went mobile. Even google is penalising websites that are not mobile friendly. I suspect most websites will now streamline and becoming mobile friendly just to avoid being de-ranked, slapped down by google. Luckily I already had this site set up as mobile friendly, just a bit plain, non of this fancy whizz bang parallax stuff!. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have a website, or plan to start one, at least make it mobile friendly too, most new themes and such are already ok, or use a simple plug in if using WordPress, like WPtouch. Mobile is only going to grow so it makes sense that these changes are happening, can’t blame google, they are one of the only companies that have the netwide clout to say it matters, change it, so they did. ๐Ÿ˜†

Mobile is here for good, so it makes sense to adapt with it. Bet a few of you are reading this on a mobile! ๐Ÿ˜‰ How does it look?

Probably linked here from a social site, facebook maybe? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย Social media is a broad scope, it includes all interaction really, emails are the widest used yet we label that as being stuff like facebook… so, for that reason I’ll refer to it as them sites.

Has social media hit that tipping point

Facebook, twitter, tumblr, pinterest, instagram, and on it goes. All have their uses, but one continuous point to be made, you own nothing if that’s all you got. Your real base should be your own site, blog, there, you own it!

These sites are for sharing your base content etc, each have their pluses and negatives, one thing I will say some interaction needs to be done, can’t throw shit at the wall and see what sticks. That’s old. Useless. Noise.

I think noise is now causing change in the social media space…ย filtering out what you do will matter more and more, it was what I liked about RSS readers, so much content filtered down so I always read what mattered to me among the noise. So many nuggets lost thanks to google reader shutting down! GGrrrr! I digress…

If you are into something like food, health, fitness, pinterest has a ton of good stuff on it, though new to it myself as you can see, it really is a great visual experience, hence why pics do so well. Check it out if you haven’t already, you get great ideas from it. Instagram is another for pics, good to use if you are into photography, travelling.

The biggest that you all seem to use is of course myspace oops, Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜†

Facebook now turns your volume down?

Facebook made its own changes recently to deal with this noise, it was a big hint. As I know so many of you use facebook so much, daily, all day it seems with many of you, blame mobiles again! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you’ll notice it over the next few weeks and get what I mean.

They are basically deciding for you what you want to see, within reason, in fact you choose by interactions, you’ll see more from those you do interact with, less from those you don’t interact with… but those who interact little on there anyway will suddenly find their stuff is seen less and less.

While ads are spammed all over the place, what can we expect though? It’s a free platform, they have always said it will always be free, well the ads and paid post promotions are here to stay then, that’s the trade off. Which is why I say all your stuff should be on your base, site, blog, share it on social sites, just don’t build it on social sites. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For you as users, it will either annoy you or please you, only time will tell, for those who run a business relying on it, it will only get harder, more expensive. I have not tried post promotions, or ads, I have heard of peoples experiences though. Some aren’t pleased. If I do try it, you’ll be sure to know about it, I have read some get insane success from it. so it all levels out.

By all means use facebook, as well as any other platform, but remember any of them could vanish tomorrow! Facebook is not too big to fail you know…

Own the content whatever you do

Progress happens but one constant forever remains.ย Content is what matters.ย Better content triumphs most things online, after all, if it’s boring and useless, not much chance of them coming back is there, or sharing it with others?

That’s it really, be passionate about what you are sharing and always be sharing the best you can share. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย So much out there, so the best most passionate stuff will have to stand out.

Noone knows your audience like you, (mirror) ๐Ÿ˜‰ just create and share better stuff than the opposition, build the audience, monetise it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whether it’s fishing, cars, artist site, bikers, photographer, food, fitness, whatever it is, you should own the space that holds it all, from here you push content out to the other places, that’s the whole purpose of them, get others sharing your base content.

For less than a packet of fags a week/that meal you eat out/those beers you nailed fri night you could own the space your content is on!

No worrying if any of the other sites close or delete you. ๐Ÿ˜€

Seriously, if you really put any effort into anything online, get your own space online.

Buy a domain, getย  hosting ย upload your content, write, share pics, whatever it is you will chose to do, then share ON social media. Then rinse repeat, scale it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

If any of the social sites you use close, no problem, move onto the next one that pops up, they will always pop up, the smaller ones shouldn’t be dismissed, they have a more targeted audience if you use them right.

The internet is a tool, powerful but still a tool

They are all tools, use them as such,ย filter, remember ๐Ÿ˜‰

This crazy thing we call the web is amazing, if utilised, facebook have in a sense tried to become the main hub for the internet outside of the search engines, read google. ๐Ÿ˜€ Its a bloody big tool, granted.

What happens next regarding facebook matters in the big scheme of things because it is so vast, used by so many, yes it does have alot of positives for promotion etc, but it is changing now. . . if there was a mass exodus from there because people were fed up of ads, the corporation take over of the timeline, viruses, filtering you don’t need or want, there would have to be a place for the users to go instead. But many would go… where will you go?

If you are local to me, then maybe here at this portland-bill hang out? ๐Ÿ˜‰

My bet is a clone of it would soon shoot up but without the hassles facebook have had, lessons learnt from it over the years. Someone else will have learnt things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So my advice would be make sure you got copies of everything you have on facebook on ya pc, any pics, all post you make that are worth keeping, contacts. All of the important things. Just in case you do ever lose your account. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know most of you would be annoyed, and wouldn’t want to leave there, it seems one of the only places many use online. Sadly. It’s a big net out there.

Facebook is but a portion of it… Big portion inside it’s own walls, small outside them ๐Ÿ™‚

Not to be cynical, but look at it all like the tools they are and you see every side has some agenda, whether it’s the little man like me, you, tom, dick or harry, or whether it’s facebook, google, twitter. It’s no free ride anywhere really. Always a trade off.

I got a feeling some big change is going to happen. What are your thoughts?

Comments always welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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