Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Facebook Confessions

A comedian that I enjoy, Kerri Pomarolli, likes to point out that the real reason people our age go on facebook is to see if the girls we didn't like in high school have gotten fat, if old boyfriends have gone bald, and to post perfect pictures of our own lives to make them all sorry they were ever mean to us. I'd like to deny all of this. Those are the reasons I joined MySpace, not Faccebook. I like to think I've grown (I haven't, but I do like to think it).
After sitting and considering what my current status updated would be today I realized that I have a few confessions of my own to make about Facebook. Hopefully some of you can relate, otherwise I look forward to the intervention you will all throw for me later.
1. I snoop. My own security settings are just one step from being a full out FB ninja, but I get a little disappointed with other do the same. I like to look at the page of the person you are dating or have married without actually friending them. Just because I'm not friends with someone doesn't mean I haven't been all over their public profile and albums.
2. Even though I like reminders of when people have birthdays, I feel peer pressure to wish them a happy birthday even if we haven't spoken in years. Then I feel bad if I do snub someone because all my other friends said something, and I was obviously online that day but didn't say anything. Also, I don't like repeating what the last person said on your wall, or repeating what I just wrote another friend. I have 4 friends with the same birthday, I about drove myself crazy that day.
3. It surprises me when I find out people have read what I wrote. I recently was telling someone a piece of news and it totally caught me off guard that they already knew all about it because I had written about it on FB. This is especially true for those who rarely post, but apparently read everything.
4. This one was my status this morning; When I friend someone new I feel pressure to make my next status update witty. I don't want the first thing they see from me to be, "washing clothes, then going to Walmart" I want it to be something that sets the tone for what they can expect from me like, "how do people who smoke and drink not light themselves on fire more often?"
5. It bothers me when a bunch of my friends are suddenly friends with the same person and I don't know them. I often assume that it is someone I either should know or someone I did know and have forgotten.
6. I share too much.

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