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Facebook Friends and Other People I Never Talk To
The Facebook Revolution
Yes, that is right, the Facebook revolution has taken the world by storm and I am not immune to the sickness. I first created my Facebook profile several years ago. I would like to think that I was ahead of the curve, but I know that is not true. In fact, the reason I joined Facebook in the first place was because I wanted to find out what all the excitement was about. People at work were always talking about it and I wanted to know.
During my time on Facebook, I have watched my friend list continue to grow to over a hundred people. There are people that I have not talked to since high school, which I hate to admit was more than twenty years ago. Certainly they were not close friends, otherwise I would have been in contact a little more frequently. Yet I am certain that I will enjoy reading all their daily updates and surely they will want to read mine. I have not spoken with Frank in twenty one years, but I have been concerned that he was not going out enough on the weekends and I am just as certain that he wants to know what I had for lunch.
I am Looking for a Few Good Friends
Yes, I am always in the market for some new Facebook friends to include on my friend list. I do not ask for too much from my friends and I will not bombard your wall with a bunch of useless information. In fact, more often than not, I will not even correspond with you at all. Most of my Facebook friends have not even heard from me since the day they responded to my friend request.
You see, the true beauty of Facebook is not building a personal social network, it is creating a fantasy world full of names. I proceed through each day with my head held high due to the very knowledge that I have a wide variety of friends eagerly awaiting my next clever status update. It is almost as though I am now a celebrity and my Facebook friends are my own private paparazzi.
Other users may spend hours playing different games on Facebook, but I am not one of them. I keep myself quite busy simply sharing tidbits of knowledge with my fans. Just the knowing that these folks are waking each day with anticipation of my next words of wisdom is enough to place me over the top.
I live for "Liking" things
Yes, it is true! I go onto Facebook each day and begin my ritual of "liking" other peoples posts. It is a great way to reach out and show my support for my "peeps". I may not remember all the things that I have "liked", but my faithful followers will remember that I liked the things that they posted.
Just the other day at work, one of my co-workers who is also a friend on Facebook, was being unusually quiet. I did not let on, but I knew that she was simply overwhelmed by the fact that I liked the store that she bought her groceries at. It is that sort of gratification that makes Facebook the greatest website around. With practically no effort at all on my part, I have made somebody else's world so much brighter.
You Never Respond to My Messeges!
I have heard this so many times from my Facebook friends. Really, I do not know what they are trying to say. If I wanted to talk to somebody, I would just pick up the phone and give you a call. Facebook is a totally different story, I am not on the site to enjoy small talk with people I knew twenty years ago. I joined so that I could make others feel better about themselves and maybe a little self promotion thrown in for good measure.
Who Are Your Facebook Friends?
How well do you really Know your Facebook friends?
Facebook is a great idea, a means of keeping in touch with family and friends and also for meeting new people. Yet it has become a vehicle for self promotion and it seems that few people ever really talk anymore. It has become a method of sharing "likes", I am happy to know that some of my friends enjoy the same television shows I do, but Facebook could be so much more.
© 2012 Christopher J Wood