|BFFs since elementary school:)|
WHAT did we do before Facebook? No matter what you may think about it, good or bad, it is an amazing social networking website, shrinking the world every day. I’ve reconnected with people I haven’t seen since 3rd grade, teachers, college friends, people I still don’t remember, prior co-workers and long lost cousins I never knew I had. There are many cousins in our large family.
Everyone has a different Facebook style. Although there are no hard and fast Facebook etiquette rules, it is evident that common sense is not that common. Some folks tend to over-share on Facebook. TMI people. Too much ick. Don’t you just love learning all the vivid details of a friend’s unfortunate late night stomach virus, particularly first thing in the morning while enjoying that first lovely cup of hot coffee? Eeewww. And aren’t we all a bit shocked when someone totally goes off into cyberspace, airing the family’s nasty dirty laundry to infinity and beyond? Was that uncomfortable-to-read post typed out and blasted off in a drunken rage?
Some friends ‘check-in’ each time they walk in the germy doors of Wal-Mart, as if they are exploring one of the great Seven Wonders. Of course if you really think about it, Wal-Mart just might qualify. I ‘check-in’ occasionally when I am visiting some unusual or special place and leading a super exciting life instead of doing laundry. Like visiting Graceland or attending a Dallas Mavericks game. Of course what is thrilling to one person may be dull to a Memphis Grizzly fan…
|How can you not check-in here?|
Some obsessed folks constantly post pictures of their schnauzers. Or their garden. Or their food creations.
Some rarely post, rarely comment and rarely take the time to ‘like’ a comment, but you can bet they are reading and Facebook stalking. Some people never have anything positive to say. Why so negative? Alternatively, there are those who post inspirational sayings, bible verses and adorable kitten pictures all day long. Some blurt out an enthusiastic birthday wish or oddball message that is obviously meant for the wall of one specific individual, clearly having no idea its been posted to everyone. These are typically Facebook newbies still within the rule posting grace period. And all those addicted gamers are forever pleading for nails and boards for barn raisings or gifts of some sort. They try to lure you into the madness with invitations and virtual jewels and riches.
And you gotta love those chain posts. “If you know someone or know someone who knows someone who needs a slap upside the head, or has had a slap upside the head, or slapped someone upside the head, or is planning to slap someone upside the head, or slapped themselves upside the head, please repost this as your status for just one hour. Most of you won’t. Will you? I did.” Ughhhhhh! Just so you know, I’m not gonna do this. And yes I love my children and my husband and my mother and my aunts and my cousins who were my first friends, and my country and I hate cancer and apparently we aren’t supposed to buy gasoline on April 14 but I’m not sure why!
Do you ever wonder who has blocked you or hidden you? Maybe no one is reading this because everyone blocked me long ago. Face it, some folks just aren’t dog people.
My best friend’s mother unfriended me. OUCH…. This woman at whose home I spent many a night laughing and hanging out, just deleted me from her Facebook friend list with a simple click of the mouse. I practically grew up at her house. I thought we were just having a lively debate… It still stings.
There seems to be lots of concern and outrage in the Facebook nation over the new Timeline. I don’t understand this. Shouldn’t outrage be reserved for people without clean drinking water or homeless children with no shoes living on the streets? If you agree, repost.
You’ve Got a Friend, James Taylor