About That “Quitting Facebook” Thing…

by The Atlas of Life on May 26, 2010


So I’ve received some messages and such congratulating me on quitting Facebook, and others questioning my decision. I felt very comfortable with my decision.

Then I got the following email from someone I really respect and even look to as a role model for much of what I do online.

Take what I’m about to say as friendly, completely friendly, because, come on, in the grand scheme of things, how important is a Facebook account really?

I’m a little miffed at your decision to leave Facebook, particularly for the reasons you gave for leaving.

You have become a powerful voice for straight, and in particular, upper cervical chiropractic online.

That’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s a very altruistic and important thing you’ve accomplished.

We both know that the most powerful form of marketing, or, screw that word, let’s say, the most powerful form of getting the word out is through word of mouth and community.

If there is anything resembling a community and word of mouth online, then it’s Facebook and Twitter and Web 2.0.

41% of traffic online now goes through Facebook – that’s all traffic on the web.

You have just removed your very very powerful and influential voice from a very very large town square…

…Put your presence back on Facebook if for no other reason than it does get attention to your blog…

…I hate to say it, (please forgive me) but I use Facebook as an aggregator of sorts, and I often won’t go to your blog post, or any other, unless I’m teased by Facebook.

When it comes down to it, what’s more important? Your blog, or what your blog has to say? If the message is what’s important, then get it out there any way you can…

…When I see you abandon ship, I wonder who’s going to follow you, and the negative impact that will have as a whole. We exponentially add to the universal conversation just by having a presence.

Quirk says in his book Socialnomics being involved or not involved in social media now is what will determine relevancy 5 years from now.  I don’t know if it’s that important, but it’s something to consider.

Anyway, this is just my opinion, and like I said, it’s not the end of the world whatever you decide, but I hope you decide to come back.

You can’t change the world if you remove yourself from it.

My goal has always been to get the word out about upper cervical and straight chiropractic. Obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t do this as much as I do.

This person is right. I know this. January and I have been able to inform a lot of people through Facebook. If I want to help as many people as I can, then obviously that includes Facebook.

So, disregard Monday’s blog post. I am back on Facebook. If nothing else it served for a really good traffic day for The Atlas of Life!

I still won’t use MySpace though. ;-)