Why I’ve Been Avoiding Facebook Inc (FB) Lately

For about the past month, I’ve been spare with my check-ins to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). Instead of spending at least an hour per day using the social network, now I rarely check in for more than 10-15 minutes per day.

Ads and sponsored stories aren’t driving me away. (I’ve found them to be unobtrusive for the most part.) Instead, what I’ve found is that I can’t be myself without some serious effort.

Why? Because Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), like Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), is a blunt instrument. So many use it as a platform to distribute ideas (or, frankly, rants) to a wide audience in an act of digital catharsis. Name the issue and you’ll find Facebook friends of various firing off missives into the ether in search of nodding heads. It’s exhausting.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)Worse, it makes me fearful. I’m afraid that no matter what I say, at least a small number of friends in my diverse network will judge me for it. It’s easier to say nothing, or to simply lurk and click the occasional “like” for the updates that make me smile.

If I’m less careful with LinkedIn it’s because there’s only so much that makes sense to share with my professional network. Etiquette comes more naturally in a business setting. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), by contrast, is a free-for-all.

Here’s why this matters to me as an investor: Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s valuation is at least partially predicated on the notion that we’re spending more time on the social network than we do using alternatives. I wonder if the dynamic is changing.

So am I less bullish about the business? No, not at all. Even nonsense — and there’s plenty of it, to be sure — feeds Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s database. The act of learning what matters to me as a user, and what doesn’t, increases the social network’s value to me, to my friends, and to investors. More data makes Facebook smarter. How CEO Mark Zuckerberg acts on the information for building tools and products is what matters.

In the meantime, I’d like to see Facebook take a page from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), whose Google Plus network I’ve come to use much more because of how easy it is to control. I’m never afraid to share on Google Plus because I have 100% control over who sees what.

The article Why I’ve Been Avoiding Facebook Lately originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Tim Beyers.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Google at the time of publication. Check out Tim’s web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool owns shares of Google and Facebook. The Fool has bought calls on Facebook. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of LinkedIn, Google, and Facebook.

Copyright © 1995 – 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

The 10 Countries with the Highest Suicide Rates

The 10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World

The 10 Safest Countries in the World to Live in Peace

The 10 Top Selling Smartphones in the World 2014

The 12 Biggest Shopping Centers in the World

The 10 Friendliest Countries in the World

Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (QIHU), Actavis plc (ACT), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Among 20 Long Ideas from Sohn Canada

The 10 Laziest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Polluted Countries in the World

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America 2014

The Top 10 Gold Producing Countries in the World

The 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

The 10 Richest Stand Up Comedians in the World

The 10 Fattest Countries in the World

The 5 Best Summer Jobs for Teens

The 10 Most Religious Countries in the World Keeping the Faith

The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World

The 10 Most Popular Cell Phones in the World

The 10 Drunkest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Private Schools in the World

The 10 Smallest Countries in the World

Walking Dead Season 5 Spoilers You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know

The 10 Poorest Countries in the World

The 10 Greenest Countries in the World

The Top 10 Countries with the Highest Population in the World

The 10 Most Visited Countries in the World

The Top 10 Star Wars Characters in the Iconic Series

The 10 Most Expensive Android Phones in the World

5 Reasons Why The Illuminati Is Real and a Threat to Society

The 6 Scariest Halloween Costumes Ever Screamed At

The 4 Biggest Hedge Fund Managers in the World Today

The 15 Most Densely Populated Countries in the World

The 10 Biggest Tea Drinking Countries in the World

Top 6 Ways to Improve Your Checkout Process and Close Sales

The 5 Most Profitable Online Businesses You Can Start Today

The 20 Most Profitable Hospitals in the US

The 5 Most Profitable Home Businesses to Start

The 7 Teams that Will Win the Stanley Cup in 2015

The Top 10 Most Expensive Digital Cameras to Snap Stunning Shots With

The 10 Highest Quality Fast Food Restaurants In America Today

The 8 Best Halloween Decorating Ideas to Spook Up Your House

10 Marvel Women that Should Get a Movie Right Now

The 20 Best Remixes of Popular Songs that Will Make You Forget the Originals

7 Most Expensive Cities in the World

5 Least Expensive Cities in the World

10 Celebrities Who Believe In Scientology

10 High Margin Food Products to Build a Business Around

The 10 Most Expensive Clothing Stores in the United States to Get Decked Out At

The 5 Biggest Kickstarter Scams That Swindled Backers’ Donations

The 10 Most Expensive Boarding Schools In the World

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!