As most of you may know, in May 2021, I left most social media platforms — at least the trifecta of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter [fortunately, I had not yet joined TikTok]. Yes, I still have a LinkedIn account and periodically update creator pages [not profiles] on Facebook.
Still, this has led many to wonder what I’m up to. I guess I wasn’t alone in this. Writer and CD Baby founder Derek Sivers also found himself being frequently asked what he was up to in a way that social media couldn’t adequately answer. This is when he invented the Now page.
A Now page? Isn’t that what social media is for?
“No. If I wonder how someone is doing these days, it doesn’t help me to see that they went on vacation last week, are upset about something in the news, or even got a new job. That’s not the big picture.
Think of what you’d tell a friend you hadn’t seen in a year.”
And this was written pre-covid!
Derek encouraged others to make their own Now pages on their own websites, though he stresses an important rule:
“This isn’t for marketing or attention. It will not benefit you in any business way.”
So, I have decided to put up my own Now page. I may end up emailing my list whenever I update it, but then again, I may not.
I will update this for the sake of my far-flung, oft-missed friends. If you’re a friend of mine and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I’ll always prefer catching up over a drink than reading Now pages.
You can check out my Now page at thekenlane.com/now