There is a famous saying that goes like this ... "may you live in interesting times."
While every generation has felt that saying applied to them, there can be no doubt that we, too, are living in very interesting times during the 21st century.
But is "interesting" always good?
Consider the following.
In the last week I have ready stories about Elon Musk wanting to merge artificial intelligence with human intelligence.
The goal, so he says, is to "connect your brain to the digital version of yourself."
Interesting. And I didn't even know there WAS a digital "version" of myself. Must be getting old.
And then there is this - Facebook insiders are beginning to regret their decisions about how the service runs.
Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya, both Facebook insiders, have recently come out publicly against what they helped create at Facebook.
Palihapitiya, one of the many Facebook employees responsible for rapid growth of the user base, added that his own children “aren’t allowed to use that s---.”
And lastly, Kim Komando, host of a huge weekend radio show - 6 million weekly listeners - about technology (and not a Facebook insider at all) went on a rant last weekend encouraging all her listeners to delete their Facebook accounts.
Her complaint, in part, is Facebook charging ever more for promoting posts and running ads on their platform.
She also mentioned how time-consuming Facebook is and lamented how Facebook works hard to keep us "hooked" on their system.
On the business front, two major online marketers are now warning that Facebook is in the process of changing the rules regarding advertising on Facebook ... again.
This change is being compared to the Google slaps of the past.
A major blow to advertisers.
So here are my questions ...
How do you feel about Facebook as a platform for personal use?
- Love it?
- Hate it?
- Don't use it?
If you use Facebook, how much time a day do you spend there?
- 1 hour or less?
- More than 1 hour?
- Many hours?
How do you feel about Facebook at a business tool?
- Do you advertise there?
- Do you use "promoted posts" and do they work for you?
- Have you made sales or grown your list using Facebook?
Leave a comment below. I'd love to know what you think.