I will preface this posting by saying I think Facebook is one of the “star elements” in these early years of the Internet. It has given everyday folks like you and me a place to come chat, exchange ideas and information, meet other people and basically have a free, free-wheeling communications channel with the world. How much you choose to participate is totally up to you. Facebook, overall, is great BUT….
Every once in a while l get this false sense of responsibility that because I have a “Marc Kuhn Author” page on Facebook I should make its appearance worthy and representative of my impeccable standards…after all, it does represent me and the books I have written. Usually, this sensation of angst gnaws at me for a day or so. Then, I discard it and move on with my life, my Facebook page left in the cyber dust to fend for itself.
Here’s the problem: Either the nerdy techy designers at FB have no idea how to set up a web page and make it intuitive for users to input their materials, or my senility has eaten away at two/thirds of my brain and I should not even be allowed to cross the street by myself let along attempt to understand the ways of Facebook.
I have tried several times to neatin’ up my Facebook author page, at least making an effort to have it appear presentable. But every time—evvvvvvery time—that I attempt to do this, I get this incredibly compulsive need to rush off to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, purchase a one-way ticket to New York, board a plane and immediately upon my arrival at LaGuardia I grab a cab to the Empire State Building. There, I make my way up to the highest observation platform, climb over whatever barrier it has and then take the giant leap into the air and enjoy my descent to the final spat on the sidewalk below. Thank you Facebook.
Now, as if I am not desperate enough, my overseers at Facebook notified me that if don’t show some activity on my author page they will assume I have abandoned the space and will turn it over to a consortium of chimpanzees. So, recently I bit the petunia and spent time attempting to make sense of a page that FB has purposely made confusing, disjointed and dysfunctional just because they like it when I talk about booking a trip to the Big Apple.
True, I was able to accomplish the placement of some new materials on the page, but not always exactly where I want them or at the size I prefer. There’s also some redundancy that I couldn’t figure out how to do away with without doing away with everything…there is no such thing as picking and choosing on FB. Oh yeah, they added a few items too that I don’t want added, but whatever FB wants, it seems to get. Thank you FB.
What happens next, my dear friends and associates, is not my doing. You may or may not be pestered to hell by FB to come look at my new page. I have tried to take measures to ensure this does not happen but with FB anything is possible. Their main tactic in getting you to see changes I have made to my page will be to annoy the crap out of you with pictures from my page and constant beggings to go see it. I apologize. I regret you may have to go through this. With luck, it is unlikely that my little FB page will be much of a nuisance to you, if at all, but I can help you deal with any frustration you may experience…I know just the right observation deck on the Empire State Building. In the meantime, if you are the least bit curious about the page all you have to do is search “marc kuhn author” and it should open for all to see.