Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I have realized over time that some Facebook members have an interesting perspective on the ways of Facebook. Some of these protocol issues have been brought home to me by comments made, often in private, by "friends".
On the page where you read all the comments, if someone posts more then 7 or 8 times a day, I usually delete them eventually. NOT because I don't think what they say is interesting. And, certainly NOT because I don't think of them as friends. But, the practical side of me says, if there are that many posts from that person, then I don't get to see all the other friends who post, as there are just so many down there to read. I just found out, again recently, that someone was offended because I "unfriended" them.
So, I guess the protocol should have been that I notified them prior to unfriending them to explain my actions. I've unfriended a lot of people. I mean lots. Some have been people who posted offensive, to me, posts on a continual basis. Or negative, political posts. IF I want to see that, I'll buy a newspaper or watch the stations on TV that cater to that sort of thing. I don't.
I also was informed that I'm supposed to "like" anything that a friend posts. Really? I have too much to do and I'm certainly not ignoring anyone. I certainly don't expect all my friends on Facebook to "like" what I post? Am I wrong?
The same thing with continual promotion of businesses. I realize it is a wonderful way to promote businesses but I don't read ads in the newspaper or watch them on TV, so why would I want to see that on a personal site such as Facebook? An occasional comment about some event or business affair is one thing, but, really, in my humble opinion, not daily.
This world of "social media", whatever that is supposed to mean, is a new world. If I'm wrong about any of the above, I certainly hope people will correct me or set me straight.
And, as much as I would hate to lose contact with nieces and nephews and other family members, if it gets too cumbersome, I'll be a former Facebook user.
By the way, did you see the 60 Minutes segment on the "marketing" companies who capture your every move on the internet, form a dossier on you and then sell that information? That was a sobering and informative segment. It gives one pause for reflection as to whether all this instantaneous information and contacting people is worth it, doesn't it?
Look forward to seeing your comments, I think.