I joined Facebook years ago — it was a new fad at the time and a fun way to keep in touch with friends. It has become somewhat of a monster since then. And so have some of the people using it. (More on that later). I joined GoodReads two years ago because I am a book lover and that site was the best of Facebook combined with a personal reading diary. Today, I use GoodReads almost everyday. I use Facebook about once a month, if even. On to the reasons why…
- GoodReads has a focus other than the individual – it connects people with books and with others who love books. I love books, so this works well for me.
- You can remain quite anonymous (if you choose) on GoodReads and still have a fantastic experience. In fact, you can be so anonymous that people never know who you are or where you’re from; a great thing if you are one of the many who do not want their personal information on the Internet. GoodReads also has all of the privacy settings available on other social sites if you decide you DO want to put up information, but just not for all to see.
- GoodReads is not about keeping up with the Joneses, it’s about loving books. Facebook has become a personal marketing site. Next time you’re on, notice how many of your “friends” are promoting themselves. Promoting themselves? Yes, Facebook has become the new way to keep up with the Joneses. Someone sees a status update stating: “Having the BEST day ever!” so they write, “Having the MOST INCREDIBLE day ever!” Only, they write it almost everyday (or possibly several times a day). Many, if not most, of my friends are guilty of this. I understand why, though. This competing for the most wonderful, outrageous life can make someone think that everyone else’s life is constant party while yours is
normalcrappy because not every day is “UTTERLY FANTASTIC!”
- I don’t have to worry about my pictures ending up on Google with GoodReads. People typically use pictures on GoodReads only as their profile picture, not to showcase the 1,000,000,000 pictures they have taken of themselves and all of their friends – like on Facebook. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about random pictures showing up of me on Google because of GoodReads. I do, however, have to worry about that on Facebook. Though I have zero pictures of myself on Facebook, I can google some of my friend’s names and pictures of ME show up. Yep… it’s true. Don’t believe me? I’ll wait, go check it out with your friends and see if you see your pretty little face there.
- GoodReads actually helps keep me in the know about something I love. Books. Admittedly, Facebook can keep people in the know. But, frankly, anyone who I am actually friends with I’m in the know about anyway via e-mail, phone, and real life interaction. And that’s the way I prefer it.