Facebook has been a part of my daily life for over 3 years now. I actually don’t remember when I first discovered Facebook and signed up. I do know that I am not as eager and enthusiastic to reconnect with people as I was when it first came out. To be honest, I have purged my friend list down from close to 600 friend to a more manageable and peaceful 200 friends. The purging was hard to do, but necessary for my sanity. Too many trolls and nasty people polluting my wall every day. And those people who post YouTube videos every two minutes for an entire night drive me COMPLETELY NUTS!
But once I deleted all the drama people and the troublemakers, Facebook has become boring. Maybe I’ve just gotten my use out of it and it is time to move on to something else.
When I first joined Facebook, I was so excited about the platform. I started searching out people I knew personally and also asked to be added as friends of friends. Then Facebook started being a dick about not really knowing the people who you asked to be friends, so I stopped doing that. Regretfully. Because, honestly, I think that meeting new people and making new friends is what I like best about Facebook and what it is really good at. To discourage that seems nuts! Frankly, if someone else wants to make a competing Facebook and let you have different levels of “friends” to include people you have never met in person but who seem to have interesting viewpoints and lifestyles, I will be on it!
About 2 months ago, I realized that I had almost 500 friends. But a whole lot of those people were totally passive and never commented on my posts or shared anything with me. So, I started deleting people. The only ones that I kept were people who met certain criteria:
- They don’t lie to me
- They have never stolen from me
- They comment occasionally when I post something they find funny or interesting
- They want a real friend – not a fan to just kiss their butt
- They don’t want to be friends just to pitch me something or try to sell me something
- They don’t have to agree with me – just be respectful to me and my other friends during any heated discussions
I was able to get rid of over half of those so-called friends. And the ones who are left are much more precious to me.
There’s a group of people on Facebook who have made a page to share their thoughts and experiences about blogging. It’s been several good discussions and I was reading reading through the comments last night to see if they had any tips I could put to use. Its usually helpful to network with other people and learn from their experience.
The person posting the most was Linda Bradshaw and she obviously has a lot of experience with blogging. She was posting general topics and thought provoking questions, trying to engage all the group.There seem to be a lot of people using the Blogspot and free WordPress.com blogs now. To think that these didn’t even exists as recently as 10 or 12 years ago makes the huge growth even more remarkable. Ten years ago I didn’t even know what a blog was, and now everyone has one.
One thing that I thought was odd is that she doesn’t want people to post the URL to their blogs on that group. She said that people would make reports to Google. That bothers me quite a bit. I would like to think that people with a common interest would not stoop that low. I guess some people are not happy unless they are making someone else’s life miserable. I know people like that.
It would be interesting to see numbers on how many people have a personal blog and actually keep it up for a long time. I heard that most people lose interest as soon as two months after making a free blog, and that 40% of bloggers stop after only 4 months. I guess that makes the long time bloggers a special breed.
Found this poster on Facebook today. I think the person who made this up knows what he is talking about. The sound guy has a great job, but its not all glamour – it can be a lot of grunt work. Still, there’s no music without a sound guy who knows what he’s doing!
I made a comment on a Facebook post about ignorant Southerners and I got myself into a flame war with people I don’t even know. Some guy went nuts on my about calling Southerners ignorant and what did I mean by that. He was all fired up. I looked up the definition of ignorant in the online dictionary, just to make sure I wasn’t misusing the word. But I was right and I held my ground on the argument. It was all just semantics. But I do know my vocabulary.