The Great Facebook Switcheroo

August 7th, 2010 | Posted in General

Facebook is a really great resource for keeping in touch with family and friends… unless you let it get out of control.

I originally started my Facebook page with the intention of having it a combination of personal and professional “friends”, so I never refused a friends request. Almost 2,500 friends later, it was starting to really become a headache. I was getting wall posts from people asking me to critique their work, was constantly being tagged in “photos” of people’s art so I would go there and take a look at it, I was tagged in notes that I had nothing to do with and it was impossible to sift through all the status updates on my wall. My page had become so unwieldy that I decided I had to burn it down and start from scratch.

So, for any of you who were on my Facebook friends list, I now have separate personal and professional Facebook pages.

The professional one can be found here, or accessed via the blogroll banner on the right of this blog page (scroll down to find it). Any and all are welcome to follow me there, and I will be doing a few things special for the Facebook page… although most of the content will also appear here on The MAD Blog. So, I hope you will all follow me if you are on Facebook.

As for the personal page, that is going to be reserved for those people whom I have actually met in real life or those with whom I have had a significant amount of personal correspondence with. There will be basically no art or work related updates on the personal page now, so believe me when I say unless you are interested in my dry and boring personal life, you won’t be missing anything. Still, if you fit that description and actually want to hear about how my daughter is off to college in three weeks, that after every visit to the orthodontist I greatly regret getting braces at 44 and how my surgically repaired left shoulder is finally allowing me to push 300 lbs on the bench press again… then by all means visit and make a friend request.

Comments

  1. TDawn Maddox says:

    Haha……facebook can indeed become a mess. I think I may actually know….5? people on my friends list of over 1’200, and the tagging thing drives me bonkers. I’ll probably just keep reading your blog here. Love your sketches by the way. 🙂

  2. Bearman says:

    I purposefully created two for the same reason. One thing you might want to do is create a unique Url for your work one ie facebook.com/tomrichmondart or something like that. FB allows you to do it after you have 25 followers and you definitely have that.

  3. maddy_yondaime says:

    lol, it’s all good. i had the same problem after all..

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