"Wow. You're getting married? Congratulations. That's funny that your only status update on facebook was that you had become a fan of 'Big Bang Theory.'"
--New Adventures of Old Christine (which I am watching because AMY SEDARIS IS ON IT; she just told Julia Louis Dreyfus "you smell ...poor.")
I haaaaaate the term "fan page" on facebook. There's probably a place for them, but that place should be reserved for 12-year-old girls and Taylor Swift.
Everytime I click on "become a fan," I cringe. Then I cringe more when facebook sends out that feed to everyone I know. (And sometimes, I become a fan of things for purely work-related reasons -- for example, I had to "become a fan" of the Today Show, in order to tag them in posts whenever they do a segment that's local-eque. Now, typically, I do have the Today Show on while I'm getting ready for work in the morning, but I most definitely would not characterize myself a "fan" -- that is a strong word. It's a commitment -- one I am certainly reluctant to ask friends to make.
But once I started the whole blog-a-day commitment, they started complaining that they would like to keep up, but that they would like for me to make it easier and more convenient. I use the "follow" feature here on my blogger dashboard, but I definitely don't think it's convenient. I miss stuff all the time, and the more prolific bloggers drown out the ones who post less frequently.
Plenty of people use Twitter to auto-post their blogs, and I find it terribly masturbatory (yeah, I'm lookin' at you Seth Godin) -- akin to the people who just use it to post micro-press releases. The one thing I know about my facebook is that the feeds are pretty non-disruptive and non-intrusive -- follow what you want; leave the rest. Click, don't click. Nobody minds. Nobody knows. Nobody cares.
So there's now a Facebook Fan Page for the blog. Yeah, I'm sorry that's kinda asshole-ish/douchebaggy. But I'll try to keep up with posting the daily links there. Feel free to follow it if you like, but by no means should you feel obligated.