The Facebook

I think everyone has different takes on how they use social media. I’ve got stuff on Instagram, Foursq, Yelp, Twitter, Tumblr and a blog. (I really don’t use LinkedIn the way we’re supposed to.)

For me, the final frontier is my random steam of consciousness on Facebook. As a result, I’ve cut down and have fewer friends. From thousands down to hundreds. I get itchy thinking about the number I’m at. I still feel like a newspaper at times. (Small price to pay for meeting interesting people at interesting points in life.)

That’s just how I do it. There’s plenty of material if you want find out what I’ve been up to. I know it might sound shocking. But you could call me if you really wanted to.

When I meet people I find myself thinking, “Will they be cool?”

“Or, will I need to sequester them to a list in the future?”

I was thinking recently about this for a number of reasons. But someone called me on it.

“Why are you even accepting these requests in the first place? It’s a fake social HH date. One that creates an impossible situation when you want to cancel the “date” forever.”

Well.
Smart one that egg.

Often I get to keep in touch with people. Their writing snippets enable me to learn about them.

“No. But what happens when you just can’t stand someone?”

Huh? I would never just dislike someone.

“Fine. But what happens when they start sprinkling dumb comments/memes/radical political thoughts your way?”

Nah. What are talking about Good Egg?

“Oh, it happens. And those panties will get twisted in a bunch. You would have been better off with email and text. The same as if you’d gone on a date.”

Eh…

“The breakup. You can try an Irish Goodbye, where you un-friend, and hope they don’t notice.”

Tell me more.

“However, if they’re all over your business and can’t scroll thru it anymore… That can be an awkward situation you created.”

Oh.

Well. I don’t know. Maybe I can just avoid them if I see them.

The Egg, “Seriously Irene. Nip it in the bud with your gut. Cut when it feels right. Stop it with the lists. You are over-investing time in managing Facebook. Why do they need more than … these other things?” 

[Referencing other social media]

I hate it when the Egg is right.

Facebook provides a neat “Follow” feature for public posts. I’ll look that mine is setup going forward.

I’m going to stop with the lists. If something I posts offends the sensibilities?

Well…please contact management. I’ll put in a good word for you 🙂

-xoxo

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The Dog.
Otherwise known as The Egg’s family member.
I borrow him occasionally.

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