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27 August 2009
According to a CNN article, here are the 12 most annoying types of Facebookers. I figure I'm about half of them.:
The way I figure it, Facebook is all things to all people and we've all done these sorts of things from time to time (except I refuse to be the "bad grammarian"!) Some people obviously like each one of these things, others hate them, most of us have learned how to use Facebook so that we get what we want out of it and don't run off screaming when we get another invitation to join the "Save the Beanie Babies" Society or sign a petition that declares that Facebook people think Rush Limbaugh is a jerk.
What is Facebook to me?
* It's a way to try to be clever in a terse little status update. Twitter does the same thing (with fewer characters), but I don't find a way to create a sense of "community" on Twitter. I love trying to find a funny way of saying something mundane. Ned is the master of this, as are others. How can you resist a status that read "dry underwear is underrated."
* It's a place to connect with people I care about. In the beginning, I friended everybody who asked because I didn't know a soul on FB, but I now have nearly 700 "friends" and it is unwieldy, so I have set them into groups and I only check the groups that I'm interested in and ignore the rest. In the past 2 years, more of my real life friends have sauntered into Facebook, so why should I bother about Jane Doe from a place I've never visited and whom I am not likely to meet (and with whom I have nothing in common), but who has been on my friend list for 2 years, when I can check out an old school buddy I haven't seen in years and get acquainted with her family? But I don't want to be rude and "un-friend" poor Jane Doe. It might hurt her feelings.
* It's a place to play the games I like to play. It's not my fault that FB chooses to announce every single game that I play. I don't need to have it all posted to my newsfeed, but I can't control Facebook.
Some of the annoying traits above are, I suspect, because people haven't learned how to use the system. I see "Obscurists" all the time, who mean to write personal notes to someone and don't realize that anything put on a wall gets posted into a newsfeed, or someone who doesn't respond to a comment but merely posts a new comment in response to the one above it, not realizing that when it appears on a newsfeed total strangers who read it aren't going to be able to see it in context. I forgive them that because we all at one time were newbies. (I did, however, once write to a friend to let her know that her very personal interaction with another friend about a third friend was visible to the entire Facebook community and to tell her the difference between "wall" and "email"!)
I also get tired of the "Chronic Inviters," and 99% of the time ignore all invitations, but occasionally I find something really fun to try, so I put up with the flood of invites. It's a question of sorting the wheat from the chaff. I try to hit "skip" whenever some application wants me to invite all of my friends to join me in doing...whatever.
The secret of Facebook, if you are going to get any enjoyment about of it, is to find out how you can manipulate it for you and just ignore the rest. It doesn't take more than a fraction of a second to hit the "ignore" button or the scroll bar. I'd rather do that than bitch about how other people we have chosen to friend choose to get enjoyment out of it.
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Barkley has learned to help with the dishes