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Facing the Facebook music

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJan 19, 2010 9:30 PM


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Well, I finally succumbed. I had to. I made a Facebook fan page for myself. Sigh. When you sit in your office at home without pants on, writing about whatever you feel like, you can sometimes forget that what you do has an impact on the greater world. People from all over the planet read this blog (I'll need to contact someone at NASA sometime to get it put in the ISS RSS feed reader), which is something I try to keep in mind when I write it. I also love using social media, which is a great way to keep such a community together. I follow a lot of folks on Twitter, for example, and I use Facebook, too, though my list of complaints about it would reach from here to, well, the ISS. One of those complaints is that there is a limit to the number of friends you can have. A FB page was never really intended for use by people to promote social media, but for some of us that's what's happened; for me it morphed from its original use as a personal page for IRL friends to something bigger. But I've run up against that limit, and cannot add any more friends. So, to get around this, I had to bite the bullet and make that fan page (which has no limit). If you're already a friend on my original page, then consider adding that as well. I'll note that a while back someone started a fan page for me, which was very cool, and much appreciated. But I don't control that one, and wanted one where I do, something more official. I'll start using the fan page more and more as time goes on. I have my Twitter feed going to my original page, and I've added it to the fan page too. I'll eventually post more pictures there, and so on. If you join the page you can add stuff there as well. I can also add events to the calendar, more info about what I'm doing, and eventually, who knows? It may have some actual use!

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