Facebook Fatigue: Do You Have It?

 

Social media, Facebook in particular, has seen an amazing rise in popularity over the past few years. And as with anything that gets very popular very quickly, people are beginning to feel burned out. Facebook is no exception to this rule.

Facebook hasn’t exactly helped its own cause, either. Just in its first year as a publicly traded company, the network rolled out many changes – much to the chagrin of users who don’t like the new or different features. These changes often include tweaks to the network’s privacy policy, which has caused an uproar many times.

Here are some reasons that you might be experiencing Facebook fatigue:

Oversharing

Facebook invites people to share every single detail of their lives with the world. While it has certainly opened a door to better communication with friends and family, it has also forced us to learn more about them then we may have ever wanted to know. From political views to bathroom habits, it seems like nothing is safe from Facebook. Seeing this chronic oversharing can make anyone feel burned out from using social networks.

Privacy Concerns

As I mentioned earlier, Facebook changes its structure and subsequently its privacy practices on a pretty regular basis. While users can control their privacy settings (for the most part) Facebook often makes it so that you actually have to go to your settings and change them in order to maintain the level of privacy that you had previously. Many Facebook nay-sayers talk about the network not caring about the privacy of its users – making it hard to protect their online privacy. Are they right?

Too Much Interaction

Being an active user on Facebook forces us to interact with people. While yes, this is the point of social networking, sometimes feeling like we have to respond to comments or post details that we would rather not share can lead to burnout. While yes, you do choose how much you want to put out there, sometimes Facebook can make us feel pressured to put details of our lives into the world that we might not always be comfortable with.

Facebook is an amazing tool for staying in touch, sharing information and photos, and setting up events. It has certainly made a big impact on how we live our lives. But it’s a good idea for each of us to set our own personal boundaries for making social networking a pleasant experience.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

City Specific Domain Extensions Launched

 

Since the start of the internet, the .com domain has ruled. Most businesses use the URL if they are lucky enough to have purchased that domain. Otherwise, they may have been forced to choose an alternate domain for their website. This is usually the case if you are starting your business from scratch nowadays. While the .com domain has ruled, there are a few other options that are becoming more frequently used, such as .net or .co. But unfortunately, there are not an endless combination of words with which to come up with domain names.

Domain names with fewer letters are becoming scarcer. There is a limited number of letter combinations that can be made. Shorter domain names are becoming costly, if they are even available. While companies and personal users can choose domains that end in .net or .co, most people will try the .com ending first. This can lead to confusion when it comes to people finding your site, particularly with small businesses who may not have first crack at expensive domains.

But now, a new solution is being offered to business owners in some cities in the US. Domain for purchase company GoDaddy has made some new domain-name endings available. The two that are being offered currently are for the city of Los Angeles and also New York City. The domains end in either .la or .nyc. While they are primarily being marketed to businesses in these places, there are no rules in place that businesses who use these domains must be in these cities. In this article, Mashable suggests that the .la domain might also appeal to businesses that are based in Louisiana.

GoDaddy offered these new domains at a slightly higher price than their typical starting cost for domains. The auctions for popular domain names started around $100. The company offered about 300 unique domains with the .la extension. They were up for auction on GoDaddy’s site through July 18th.

The new city-specific domain extensions could be a big help to businesses. This makes more common domains available to more people. For example, if there is a company called Smith Marketing in New York, they could use smithmarketing.nyc and a different company with the same name in Los Angeles could use smithmarketing.la. I think it’s a great idea and it will be an easy way for internet users to distinguish companies that they are looking for from those that are in other areas of the country.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

Does Your Website Need a Facelift?

 

It’s starting to seem like the Internet has been around since the beginning of time. I can hardly imagine a time without using the Web to help me get through my everyday life. I found myself unexpectedly without my iPhone last week, and let’s just say,I was lost. Access to the Web has become easier, and because of that, we spend even more time on the Internet each day.

Since we’ve agreed that the Internet has been around for what feels like forever, maybe it’s time to evaluate how your own website is aging as well. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to make sure you still have a dynamic and useful website:

Do I have any coding or scripting errors?

This one is pretty basic, but it’s a good idea to browse your site from the front end and see if you see any glaring errors. If you primarily update your site from the back end, you may not notice any coding or scripting errors.

Do other people in my industry have better websites?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it’s important to check out other websites that are similar in scope and content to yours. While I am by no means advising you to rip off your competition, knowing what they are doing may give you some ideas of what you could do better on your own website.

Is my site mobile friendly?

When the Internet was first invented, mobile sites weren’t even a thought in a developer’s head. But now, it’s pretty important to make your website mobile friendly, or even develop a mobile-friendly platform, such as m.yourbusiness.com instead of just yourbusiness.com

Do I have any outdated information?

Sometimes information on websites doesn’t seem like it needs to be updated, such as homepage info, hours, or even a menu. But even the smallest changes can become obvious when a user logs onto your site. Make sure that you are double checking all of your information from the perspective of someone who just casually stumbles upon your site.

If you don’t feel like you have the time to check for all of these things yourself, consider hiring someone to revamp your site. If you don’t want an entire site overhaul, it shouldn’t be too pricey to have someone correct any errors that you might have. Otherwise, it’s important to glance over your own site occasionally and make sure that everything looks good!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.