There is no denying the power of social media, especially these days. It’s become quite the powerful tool for self-promotion, instant news, and for things you never knew existed. Tons of social media sites are popping up like daisies, and of course, fb being the biggest one of all.
Napkin Art has had a decent ride in growing its presence over the last few years with social media, first with MySpace, then with Twitter, Facebook and now Tumblr. MySpace seem to run its course, and I feel as though fb is outgrowing its usefulness, too. Maybe the users of social media shouldn’t be upset that some social media sites are finding ways to get users to pay for their services and/or content. I suppose many of social media users have grown accustomed to getting those services for free, and shouldn’t be angry or surprised by the sudden shift in these companies wanting to make money. However, some social media companies are not being very transparent in their plans or schemes to make money off of their users.
I’m sure it’ll only be a matter of time before sites like Twitter and Tumblr start charging for services, but in the meantime, I’ve decided to start posting less studio news and updates on fb and more on Tumblr and Twitter. Their platforms are more straight-forward, less cluttered with less-than-helpful information, and super easy to navigate. I’m sure these companies, and the other social media networks out there, are still interested in generating revenue, but they don’t make it obvious or apparent, if that is the case. Not to say fb has let me down, but I do find its services to be less and less helpful and useful for my business. It’s really a shame to have a large base of followers with only a fraction receiving any new news or studio updates, without having to pay an exorbitant amount of money for the privilege. Again, I can’t fault fb for making money, but you should have been a little more clear on your agendas, and the methods to which you planned to make money.
Well, that is my little diatribe in a nutshell. To recap, basically I’m saying “To hell with you, fb, I’m moving my couch over to Tumblr and Twitter from now on.” Guess you’ll be seeing more updates and such from Napkin Art other than fb, from now on.
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