It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

So, when I saw that Facebook was going to start letting people create multiple profiles and that it was really targeted toward people with different interests, or small business owners and freelancers who wanted a Facebook presence for their work apart from their personal profile, I immediately thought, isn’t that what Pages were for? Isn’t that exactly what Pages were promoted as being, a place for the “brand” apart from your personal profile? And isn’t this just a tacit acknowledgment that, outside of huge corporate brands, Facebook broke Pages for everyone else?

Linked – What If the Next Big Social Media App Is … Nothing?
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Linked – What If the Next Big Social Media App Is … Nothing?

At some point, everyone who wants to have an Instagram account has an Instagram account and is using it as often as they want to. You can’t have huge growth spurts. You can only play around the edges and manipulate users to stay online to grow and that’s not a winning strategy. Yet it’s what shareholders and venture funds require. They’ve created a world where growing less than 20% per year might as well be failing. It’s sure going to look like failing when you start cutting jobs and doing stock buybacks. Those used to be desperate measures, but now they’re just a Tuesday at the office.

Even Younger Employees Come In With a Skills Gap

Even Younger Employees Come In With a Skills Gap

One of the things I have talked about for years regarding college education is that, by its nature, it will always be behind. Think about it. You start a four-year degree program to learn technology skills. By the time you complete the four years and maybe even an advanced degree, everything you’ve learned is outdated. Technology changes that quickly. You enter a workplace using the next versions of everything you know. A version you don’t know much about because it’s so new that college programs haven’t even started incorporating it yet.

And by “so new,” I’m saying it’s been updated within the last few years.

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Shared Links (weekly) July 31, 2022

Linked: Instagram Has Quietly Been Asking Users to Set Up Multiple Accounts
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Linked: Instagram Has Quietly Been Asking Users to Set Up Multiple Accounts

I know I’ve read elsewhere over the years that this was actually popular with teens, to have a “public” Instagram and then one just for friends. Even an old out-of-touch guy like me has had two Instagram accounts for years. One to just be me and have fun with, and one to focus on mental health stuff.

It seems to me like Instagram is just catching up with what we’ve been doing, and trying to juice up some numbers among the folks who hadn’t already considered doing this, right?

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 1, 2021

Shared Links (weekly) Aug. 1, 2021