I'm still relatively new to the online world of social networking. New enough that some things still amuse me, where I'm sure some who have been there longer are weary of it. On Facebook for example, I get a kick out of having someone post a cryptic status update, and then watching the responses from their friends. You know, somebody drops a line like, “Anticipating big changes in my life,” then the “friends” shoot back with “OMG whats going on?!?” and “Is everything okay???!!?”
It's probably not the finer part of my nature that laughs at these moments, but it's a part of my nature that I love so much. I laugh fully and heartily, and it just feels so good, enjoying the overwrought angst of those I don't know or hardly know. I know. I'm mean.
Facebook is so oddly public, even though you have to approve of your “friends” seeing your page. I mean, come on, most of the people you are friends with on Facebook you're not going to pick up the phone and chat with, or go grab a bite with. They're people you may have known from way back, or are acquaintances, or what have you. Sure, your close friends may be on there, but there are probably more than a few “hangers on”. And yet, there you are, publishing your life details for all to see. I'm still trying to figure out my place in Facebookland and the like because of that. It's just so odd to me. But then, I'm a bit odd, so maybe it's completely normal, and I'm the one who's off on this one.
My Twitter Tumult stems from this: Every once in a while, I go to the pages of people who are following me, so I can see who else they follow. You know, maybe I'll stumble on someone cool to follow, too. Well, in doing this the other day, I noticed that one of my friends has stopped following me on Twitter. This is something that you would have to do on purpose, the stopping part. You'd have to click “stop following” or some such thing somewhere. (I trust you are all now verifying that you are indeed still following GregRunyon on Twitter.)
It occurred to me then that this would really bother some people I know, and they would question what the heck is going on. Have I done something to offend? Does s/he not like me anymore? I admit to wondering for a second or two what was up with that, but then I remembered that I don't give a damn. None of this Online Hoo-ha™ actually means much in the real world. It's great to stay a little better connected, but in the end, most of it has little if any depth.
It's a brave new world out here on the Web. Glad to be part of it. Oh, and feel free to mock me about the stuff I write on Facebook or Twitter or right here on the Blogz page. Turnabout, after all, is fair play.