Unsocial Networking

Now and then one of my friends will send me an email that says something like, “Check out the great pics of my new puppy! (You’ll need a MySpace account to view them.)” Or, “I never use ICQ anymore but I’m on Twitter all the time, come follow me!” Or, “Be my friend on Facebook, it’ll be a great way for us to keep in touch!”

So, I’ll join Facebook or Twitter or MySpace or whatever. I have several social networking accounts in various corners of the internet.

I don’t use them.

I mean, I’ll go and look at the puppy pics, or if there’s a friend I haven’t heard from in a while I might wander over to their Twitter page to see what they’re up to, and every now and then I’ll get an email that someone has written something on my Facebook wall or somesuch, but for the most part I tend to forget that those sites exist.

It’s not because I don’t like my friends. I LOVE my friends. If you’re one of my friends and you’re reading this, I love that you take the time to visit my blog even though I’ve probably never written anything on your Facebook wall or Twittered you or…done…whatever people do on MySpace. If you’re my friend and you wrote one of the aging stack of messages that I just discovered this morning on my Facebook page and you’re wondering why I never responded, it’s not because I don’t like you — I just haven’t BEEN to my Facebook site in ages.

Eventually I may join the growing throng of Twitterers and such. Until then…if there’s some thing you need to tell me, send me an email. Text me. Or I suppose you could call me, although I’ve never been a big fan of talking on the phone. But Facebook and Twitter are NOT good methods of getting information to me, if it’s something you need me to see within, say, three months or less.

This concludes this Public Service Announcement. Thank you for your understanding.

Categories: Friends, Life | 5 Comments

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5 thoughts on “Unsocial Networking

  1. Just hopped on to your blog. Very well written. The idea of social-not so social-unsocial networking is taking away the charm of conversations as well as relationships.

    My status message says. Yeah do scrap, Instead Call or mail me 🙂

    Nice post.


  2. Mia

    LOL! Yeah…just finally broke down and got on Facebook. Was all over it…for two weeks. Now things just sit there for me too! I use it to post new Duck pics for the family. I’ll add you as a friend…then we can ignore each other!


  3. Anonymous

    Just so you know, facebook was an accidental decision, if that makes any sense…I was just looking for our old insurance broker…that is it! I didn’t mean to get swallowed!


  4. Debora

    Charu — thanks, I’m glad it made sense. :^)

    Mia — Sounds like a plan!

    Brooke — I didn’t mean any offense to the folks who use and enjoy the networking sites; I was just trying to explain why messages to me on those sites usually go unanswered. And btw…as you probably already know, you’re one of the rare exceptions to my phone aversion. I’m glad you’re a local call, otherwise my next phone bill would be astronomical!!


  5. Al

    This is a great post! I SO totally agree with you, except for the phone call part. But that’s just me.

    A link to this post showed up on my blog so I decided to check it out. Just to see what it’s about.

    I ended up getting a good laugh because of how true what you say is.

    Don’t give in to the tweets!



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