Facebook Monsters

A friend asked me why I don't post on Facebook more often than I do.  It was a weird question, or so I thought.  I told him I'd post the answer on Facebook.  I was being ironic and a smart ass, of course, but there is a reason why.

I use Facebook for a set number of things.  Promoting my writing, keeping in touch with family, friends and professional colleagues; making sarcastic posts on other people's walls; and posting fake celebrity death news.  On occasion I will do a more personal post, but I don't make a habit of it, and there is a reason why.

First, I'm private.  I just don't need people knowing what I'm doing.  It's weird, and I'm not vain enough to think that anyone would care.  I'm not that self-important, which I tend to think Facebook really promotes.  I also find posts where people tend to post such information to be odd at best.  I don't know what to say to someone who posts, "I'm sitting at my table with sushi."  What do you say to that?  It's fine if people want to post that, but with few exceptions I will abstain.

Facebook has been a great tool for marketing my writing and for making friends and family uncomfortable.  Beyond that, I could leave it behind and not worry about it one bit (and have often thought of that).  People act much the same way on it as they do in real life, too, despite the general consensus that it is otherwise.  They talk about petty things and take offense to the most innocent of comments.  I have text messaging and e-mail for the latter, and I try to avoid the former at all costs.

So, dear friend, that is why I don't post more on Facebook.  Nobody needs to have an up-to-the-minute update on my actions, and I have no desire to tell anyone, either.  I stopped reporting in when I was about 14, and I was a much better person for it, too.


Nikki said...

The thing about using Facebook (and Twitter for that matter) solely to promote yourself is that people stop paying attention to the links. Well, I don't, but apparently most people do. Every "boost your views" article I've read clearly states that if the only thing you post is links to your writing, people will tune you out. That's why I set up a separate page for Pretty Nameless (which I'm finally posting to regularly), I figure those who "like" my blog can get the updates about new posts, while those who just like me in general and don't want to read my blog don't have to deal with them.

I don't mind the mundane posts, I like knowing what my friends and family are up to, even if it is just an "I made this awesome meal for dinner" post. What creeps me out is when people use that 4-Squared or other such nonsense to post their exact location. That just screams "I'm not home. In fact, I am exactly this many miles from home, meaning you have exactly this much time to rob my house." Or, "hey stalker, if you're looking for an opportunity to kill me, I'm checking in from a remote location with lots of dumpsters in which to hide my body." It's just weird!

-Doug Brunell "America's Favorite Son" said...

I've used 4 Square to stalk and dump bodies. You make this seem like a bad thing.