Blog Improvement Project Week 5: Social Media Carnival – Facebook

2009bip-150x210Our task this week is to describe the social media we use. I’m really bad at using social media – I’m so bad that I hadn’t even heard of Digg, Delicious or Ning. I have heard of StumbleUpon, Technorati and Twitter, but I’ve never used them, other then a very brief sign up to Technorati. I look forward to learning all about them in the next stage of the blog improvement project.


Face Book is the only one I actually use. About two years ago I was completely obsessed with facebook. I used to be logged on all day, and actively use it for an hour or more at a time. I loved finding out what had happened to my old school and university friends, and browsing every-one’s photos. I then discovered the Visual Bookshelf application, and started to add the books I read, with short reviews. Several of my friends also added it, so it was great to see what they were reading, and get a few recommendations from them. My son is quite into Youtube and at times makes videos and uploads on it. A friend of mine who is working in the same field and explained to him how he could try to buy views safely to speed up your ranking process so that his videos could be visible on the now trending section of Youtube. Needless to say, I just gave him my card to satisfy his quench for more views, and to my amaze, it actually worked.

The application also allows you to ‘follow’ people you don’t know, enabling you to find people with similar book tastes. It was great – until I discovered blogging! I realised how much better the blogging world was, and now hardly use facebook. I still add my books and brief reviews onto there, and have a look at what my friends are reading, but otherwise the majority of my time is spent blogging.

There is a Visual Bookshelf widget, which I have in my sidebar. It allows you to scroll through all the books I’ve read, but am not sure how useful it is, and have thought about removing it. Do you like my Visual Bookshelf widget? Is it useful?

Do you use facebook much? What do you like about it?

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  1. FleurFisher says:

    I am clueless on social media. I use LibraryThing for books, Ravelry for knitting and for music. That plus my blog takes up as much time as I can spare! I hadn’t noticed your Virtual Bookshelf but now you have pointed me there, yes I very much like it.

  2. Sandy says:

    I signed on to Facebook last fall, at the encouragement of my hairdresser. Like you, I was a bit obsessed with it at first. Long lost friends, boyfriends, etc. were popping up on a daily basis from all over the world. Very cool. I am still on it, but I’m not as nutty about it as I used to be. Despite some pressure, I have refused to join Twitter. I’ve heard it is like Facebook on speed, and that didn’t sound so good.

  3. Violet says:

    I used to use Orkut a lot. That is more popular than facebook in India. I was excited at the start but then after sometime when you have re-established ties with all your old friends i didn’t see any use for it except taking up unwanted time. I have a facebook account too but rarely log in to it. I had never tried the visual bookshelf widget but I do use Shelfari and goodreads a lot. It helps me keep track of my books :)

  4. Beth F says:

    I don’t use Facebook, it would be too hard to separate my online self from my professional self there.

    Frankly, I haven’t really paid that much attention to your visual book shelf, but I do look at currently reading and TBR.

  5. Jackie says:

    Beth – I love the way you’re so mysterious! I like to think you’re a really famous person, or one of my favourite authors! Don’t spoil my dream!

  6. Jackie says:

    Violet – I’ve never heard of Orkut before, but then there are lots of things I haven’t heard of!

    I’ve had a look at shelfari and goodreads, but don’t think I have enough time for them at the moment.

  7. Margot says:

    I read your visual bookshelf occasionally. What I really like is your visual shelf header. Even though I may have just looked at it yesterday I will look again today. It just fascinates me!

    I’m completely ignorant when it comes to Facebook. Based on your experience, I’m going to stay that way. I don’t need one more obsession.

  8. Facebook just started to get big when I was a freshman in college, so I’ve been playing with it for awhile. It’s sort of sad how addicting it is. I’ve never seen Visual Bookshelf though, thanks for pointing it out.

  9. Joanna says:

    I LOVE facebook. I use it every day. I grew up all over the world so there is no chance that I could ever be in touch with classmates and friends from all my schools without facebook. I update my status regularly and check changes in status for friends regularly too. I used to be obssessed with it, but have calmed down now and only use it for keeping in touch.

  10. Alan Clifford says:

    Hi Jackie,

    I am a product manager at LivingSocial, and wanted to let you know we also have a more visual widget available. You’ll need to go to our external site (, but it gives you several more options.

    If any of you have suggestions on how we can improve, feel free to drop us a line at


    Product Manager

  11. Jackie says:

    Hi Alan, Thank you for pointing that out! I’ll go and have a look at it now.

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