James Ellroy Quits Facebook

The two-fisted crime author gets fed up with the social network.

I feel like the news here is that James Ellroy was on Facebook. But he has been - until now. Sick of the site, Ellroy has quit in classic profane Ellroy fashion, leaving this message:

Dear FB Friends,
Fuck Facebook!!!!!—It has proven to be worthless as a book-selling device, and is nothing but a repository for perverts, reparation-seekers, old buddies looking for handouts, syphillitic ex-girlfriends looking for extra-curricular schlong and hack writers begging for blurbs. For those looking for the REAL Ellroy shit, go to my wigged-out website: JamesEllroy.net.
Sayonara, Motherfuckers!!!

I’m surprised by his use of exclamation points, to be honest.

He does raise an interesting question, though: what is the value of Facebook as a promotional tool? I know that for Badass Digest it’s kind of invaluable (please like us on Facebook! Please share our stories on Facebook!), but when it comes to directing people to real world things - whether they be books, movies or concerts - how much influence does Facebook really have?

I know some of you out there have used Facebook to market your stuff in various ways, and I’d love to hear your feedback.