Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Facebook Friends

I have two friends who are critical of Facebook. One will not join the social networking site, while the other contemplates leaving it. These folks cite lack of 'privacy' and the stress of maintaining their page. Well, I know some 'addicts' who on the contrary are always posting updates and statuses from morning till midnight, literally!
I struggled to join Facebook and it took a Russian friend me to convince me to climb aboard the facility. What I like about the site is the ability to instantly communicate to many friends with the posting of one status such as: 'I arrived safely in Malawi". Gone are the days of hunting for numerous emails addresses. Also I fancy the way Facebook is being transformed into a news dissemination tool. Lately I have come to know about important developments at home through the networking set-up.
What puts me off is friend requests from people that one does not know at all, friends who post irrelevant or trivial matters, sometimes even domestic challenges or uploading of suggestive pictures. Additionally, it is annoying not to get Instant Message (IM) responses from friends who are online, or if you send to them other pleasantries.
I take Facebook friends as real and not just virtual pals. I expect mates to add value to each other and to be a source of encouragement to one another. As a result I have embarked on a drive to remove people I think are failing in the criteria above from my list of friends. A tough call to make, but then risks must be taken in life. I expect the same action from other people on me, and I'm ready to be 'chased' out too!


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