Social networking has been one of necessity rather than desire for the most part. Joining the awesome and exposed world of Facebook was a frightening thought for a guy like me, who uses this blog site as a semi-anonymous way to share deep thoughts and feelings (okay, sometimes not-so-deep thoughts) without losing control. This can make for a pretty lonely existence – no disrespect to my current group of followers, of course.
Baring one’s soul to the cyberworld is an intimidating venture when you can’t just take it back, so I’ve put it off with lame excuses and procrastination.
The trouble is, when you’re used to 2 soup cans with a string between them (the kids will have to look that reference up), eventually there isn’t anyone holding up the other can, and you just look foolish talking to yourself.
But hey, I’m a modern, tech-savvy kind of guy. Just because there’s a little snow on the old roof, doesn’t mean there’s not a hip party happening in the living room, right? I know how to set up a printer and scan for viruses on my computer. I can link multiple e-mail addresses to my iPhone. I’m in touch with how my kids talk and act – I just don’t understand them. Facebook should be a breeze, right?
I’m 2 days in with my new profile, and I think I’ve already broken a bunch of covenant rules – at least that’s the impression I get from my 2 teens. Lessons on an open-forum interchange like this will probably all be learned the hard way. I didn’t even know there were rules. I guess etiquette is a better word than rules, really.
Like a new golfer, it’ll be others who ‘shush’ you while someone is teeing off that you’ll learn from, unfortunately.
Here’s some that I’ve already broken:
- Don’t ever tag photos of people who don’t want to be tagged
- Don’t ever reply to a post that’s more than a week old
- Don’t fill out your ‘timeline’ unless you know what you’re doing – I have a highlight about leaving a job a year ago….not intentionally
- Don’t ‘friend’ your kids’ friends – you’ll see things you just can’t take back
- Always think through responses or comments on posts before you hit ‘enter’
I’m up to 50-something friends already – whoo hoo! Trouble is, I don’t know what to say to anyone. Do I start sharing ‘selfies’ and posting photos of my dog sleeping with her tongue hanging out? Does anyone else really care about this stuff?
Do I need to ‘like’ every inspirational message? Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?
Is there an addictive component to Facebook that I should be aware of? I find myself checking it every few minutes. This can’t be healthy.
It’s a pretty steep learning curve I’m on, but as long as I don’t get ‘unfriended’ by everyone before I figure how to navigate this new world correctly, I’ll consider this deep dive into modern communication a successful experiment. It can’t last that long anyway, right?
‘Like’ this post, or I’ll start sending pictures of me hitting the ‘refresh’ button over and over again…