Friday, December 5, 2008

Rant: Facebook

I hate social networking sites. Hate them! Yesterday, despite protestations from friends that went something like, "Oh God, Red. Just stop being so crazy and embrace reconnecting with people you don't care about," I deactivated my Facebook account. I don't really know why I hate it so much. Part of it is the snobbiness of being able to say, "I'm not on Facebook." Part of it is because it makes me Matthew Broderick in Cable Guy sad when I log in and have no messages ("Nobody loves you.") But really, my main problem with Facebook is the guilt I feel over not wanting to friend people who request an e-friendship with me. I really want, like, 50 contacts and that's it. At one point, I deleted all the extraneous people I knew I'd never contact only to have them ask to be my friend again! What the hell? Leave me alone, you crazies. I know my status updates are incredibly witty and hilarious, but you will have to try and live without your world revolving around whatever song lyric/30 Rock quote I have stuck in my head at the moment. Geez!

Anyway, this morning I reactivated my account because there are several people I do want to be in touch with (and Liz and I have an unspoken poke-fest I just can't walk away from). I decided I should gain control over Facebook and not let it control me. And really, I think I found a way to be invisible to anyone I don't want to be "friends" with...which is really the key to my Facebook happiness.

10 comments:

danielle970 said...

Oooou, you've discovered the limited profile. Awesome. I would ask to be your friend, but I'm afraid you'd reject me =(

Dr Zibbs said...

I hear you. I only have bloggers as friends. And I use my alias "Zibbs". Whenever my real life friends ask to be friends I decline because I'm afaid they'll out me.

Liz said...

I collect Facebook friends like butteflies so it looks like I'm more popular than I really. Internet magic!!!!

pistols at dawn said...

I would never have any idea if every one of my friends ditched me on that site, because as far as I can figure, it's only helpful for invites to parties I don't go to and the chance to reject hundreds of thousands of (lil green) patch requests.

Oh, and find out what friends scored on some test I took a version of 8 months ago while bored and never thought of again.

MichelleSG said...

Haha! Funny you should post this now. I have a few (and I mean FEW) friends from High School that have been trying to get me to join Facebook. Um, HELL NO. I blog and have a whole whopping 2 followers, what kind of reject do you think I'm going to be on Facebook? A BIG one lemme tell you. Nope, not doing it,don't need it and the only person I liked in high school (who, dumped me back in the day) I ended up marrying (revenge is best served COLD). Boycott Facebook!

K and/or K said...

I am so one of those snobs who hasn't signed up. The poking thing scares me.

words words words said...

I kinda like Facebook because it lets me stay in touch with people without actually, you know, talking to them. And it helps in networking for my career, too. But I can seriously do without quizzes, lil green patches, and people informing me that they are a fan of oatmeal cookies.

But I do feel you with the "getting a request from someone you don't want to be friends with." That's awkwardness I don't need.

david wells said...

i have like 100 friends, of which I only talk to about 15 on a monthly basis.

It was nice to reconnect with old friends, but when people friend me who I was not friendly with in the past, I ignore them.

Jon said...

Huh. I had no idea you were trying to delete all the "extraneous" people from your life. It all makes sense now...

Anonymous said...

Hey Red . . . why havent you accepted my friend request on Facebook?

should i take this to mean you dont want to be e-friends?

So so so so sad.

- Fitz

PS Liz, please "poke" me