Another Social Networking Thing to Neglect

It’s been a long time since I have regularly visited Twitter. After not going there for months I decided to try it again but that lasted only a few days. I did like Twitter but for some reason I can’t seem to get back into it.

I signed up for Facebook because I had hoped I could re-connect with and keep in touch with cousins I haven’t seen since we were kids but it turns out all my cousins are computer-phobic. So right now I have 14 or 15 Friends and to be honest there are two or three of them I’d like to unfriend but I’m worried about the social awkwardness of doing that.

I guess Facebook is exactly what I knew it would be, or should have known, but I was hoping it would be a lot more of “This is what I’ve been doing,” and “This is what I’m thinking about,” and “Here are these pictures of my kids, grandkids, pets, house and garden,” and a lot less “Share this if you love your mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, Jesus or puppies”. After a few of those I decided that I will not share anything that says “Share this if…” It just seems so manipulative to me – like they’re saying “you have to share this.” So I don’t.

Oh, and the games… I tried Words With Friends once. It takes the game ten minutes to load (literally 10 minutes) you play your word and then come back later and wait 10 minutes for it to load so you can play your next word. I’m done. No more Facebook games. I’m not abandoning Facebook yet though. There are a couple of people who post stuff I actually do want to see and it has helped me keep in touch with a couple of geographically distant relatives (in-laws actually)

And then along came Google Circles. I got a couple of notifications that someone had added me to a Circle and at first I ignored them but I finally gave in. I think I might like Google Circles better than Facebook but it’s hard to tell with only three people in my Circles, two of whom never post anything. But I’d really like to give it more of a try before I give up on it so I’m looking for more people to add to my circles. I have one named “Internet Friends” (or Online Friends; I forget exactly) for all you lovely people who comment here. My gmail address is strngwoodlndcreature[at]gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Another Social Networking Thing to Neglect

  1. Jaquandor

    If I’m one of the two or three you want to unfriend, I won’t hold it against you. (Not that I want you to or have any intention of unfriending you, I just see it as…well, I don’t even think it rises to the level of something that would have to be forgiven, so I can’t even call it ‘forgiveable’!)

  2. Lynn Post author

    I don’t think the people I’m thinking about unfriending ever read this blog. I probably won’t anyway; more likely I’ll just start spending less time on Facebook.

  3. Hippie

    Every once in a while I go through and clean out my facebook friends. Because unfortunately, many of them are my wife’s family, and while my wife is an amazing beautiful entertaining person who works hard, doesn’t smoke, drink, do drugs, she really has no reason to be that amazing, based on the rest of her family.

    Of course, these people are the exact kind of people who think there should be an apology or explanation made as to why they have been unfriended. The last explanation was simply “Because you do nothing but post flowery crap asking me to like if I love jeezus or dogs or children.”

  4. Lynn Post author

    Believe it or not your weird cousin actually posted two things I like today. It makes it even harder to unfriend someone when they do that. :-)

    I’ve been told (thanks J.) that there’s supposed to be some way to hide or unsubscribe without unfriending someone so you don’t see their stuff in your news feed. I haven’t figured out how yet though.

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