something you might not have guessed is that i really don’t enjoy being online most of the day. i have to, because, um i have an online business. but it certainly isn’t why i started an website; it just comes with the territory.
i have to use things like this blog, twitter, and facebook to talk about durtbagz.com, and it’s opened up this whole world of etiquette concerning online “friends”. apparently there are rules, and i’m just not that into following them.
it’s a weird thing because i’m all about being a “see-through” company, but online “friends” are an whole other animal. why should you chose your online friends any differently than your real life friends?
the thing is, people that want to be my online “friend” are not always people that i would want to be friends with in real life. i’m talking about the douchebags that want to connect with you, just to up their number of friends or to be able to say they’re friends with you, or because they saw you one time at a high school party 14 years ago. twitter and facebook are the two social networking sites that really stand out as being inundated with these people.
to be honest, i can’t stand twitter, but i’m on it (@durtbagz) because i generate a decent amount of traffic to durtbagz. twitter could be cool, but instead, it’s like high school for tech geeks. there is a “popular crowd” and a “rule” that you should follow the people that follow you. who made this rule?
i use twitter to provide the funny. i talk about durtbagz, but mostly i share links to random hilarious websites, give good weird gift ideas (usually involving bacon), funny videos (you can’t go wrong with flight of the concords).
or sometimes i’ll just share a word i think is funny: SHUTTLECOCK. if someone writes to me, i’ll answer them. and i only do this a couple of times a day, max.
why would i want to follow a DUI lawyer? or the douche who is on there ALL DAY LONG that thinks it’s fun to tell others what they can and can’t tweet? or the ones that announce that they are up to 200 followers on twitter (and OMG, do you announce that when you meet your 200th friend in real life? like, seriously, you’re sooooooooooo popular!!).
twitter gets annoying because it’s more people wasting time than giving beneficial info/entertainment. (one local exception is @CENPHOTV, weekly TV show giving news/upcoming events–awesome for phoencians).
facebook is different because i have a durtbagz group and a personal page on there. i try to keep my “friends” to real life friends and those i’d like to be friends with in real life.
question: if we went to high school together, but weren’t really that good of friends then, and haven’t talked to each other since, and then you find me on facebook and “friend” me, and we STILL don’t talk…WTF IS THE POINT?
facebook is like a live high school yearbook for 30-somethings.
i don’t understand why i get friend requests from half the people i do. some are people that i don’t know, have never met, maybe met years ago and don’t remember. others friend me because we have one friend in common that i really don’t know super well and for some reason that makes you think you should be friends with all of their friends and…i don’t friend any of these people because…we aren’t friends.
what are your thoughts on the online “friend” situation? are you for friending every single person you ever met or actually those you want to communicate/catch up with? do you turn down friend requests or drop the ones you don’t talk to?