Fussy Facebook Folk

Yes, Facebook rolled out the latest and greatest of changes for their social media outlet world domination pursuit.

This morning, when I fired up the computer and logged in to Facebook, I was one of the many who puzzled over all the new bells and whistles and started thinking, “Oh no, what have they gone and done now?”

Sure, I was a little miffed, for about 10 seconds. Then I realized the new changes weren’t that bad, once I got past all the how-to’s and this-is-new-and-how-you-work-Facebook-now messages. You know, the directions Facebook posts when they make a new change but no one ever takes the time to read through? Yeah, those. In case you didn’t know, you can read about them HERE on Facebook’s OWN PAGE. What a concept, huh? Oh, and don’t forget the HELP section on Facebook too! Duh.

I knew right away that the new look of my Facebook news page was getting ready to be obliterated with whining, moaning, and complaining about the latest round of Facebook changes. This is for all the haters….

Did you know:

1.) Facebook is free
2.) You can deactivate your account and you are under no obligation to use it
3.) It is just a social media outlet, not something complicated or life threatening
4.) Google+ is now open and no need for an invitation (uh, buh-bye)

Good, this was easier than I thought… just let Facebook weed them out. There is no need for me to do anything like “hide” their status updates or customize who sees mine. By the way, my Facebook is now wide open but it has nothing to do with this blog post (totally different reasons, all good).

Really people, it’s just Facebook. It’s just a social media outlet. No big deal.

Actually, now that I am reflecting, there were only a handful of people who bemoaned the new changes on Facebook. Of those handful of complaints, nothing was serious. So who has their panties in a wad now? Ha!

People that pay for things never complain. It’s the guy you give something to that you can’t please. ~Will Rogers

Facebook Is Not A Substitute

Facebook is not a substitute for real friendships. Yes, it makes it nice to communicate, briefly, with one another when we are all so very busy with our own lives. However, please take the time to schedule face-to-face meetings with your real friends.

Once upon a time there was a group of women who I used to hang with, talk to, and just enjoy each others company from time to time. Now? I have no idea what most of them are doing, unless I read Facebook. Even when I read Facebook, trying to keep up with their busy lives, it is all still so strange to me. They might type off a few sentences about whatever but I still have no idea what the heck they are talking about.

Oh well. Maybe we weren’t that close after all. I am reconciling myself to this idea. It has taught me a great lesson, that’s for sure. Now I just pretty much keep to myself, go to work, come home, spend time with family, go to bed and then get up and do it all again. I imagine everyone else is doing the same thing too. And then we all rely on Facebook to play catch up with other people.

I reckon I am just as guilty as the next when it comes to communicating with others via social networks instead of spending time with them in person. Watching everyone else on Facebook with their busy lives, I don’t want to bother them, so I stay quiet. I have tried to reach out before but was met with busy schedules and life happenings. I get it, I do, I understand. People move in and out of your life for a reason and then they move on to other peoples lives. It’s nothing personal.

And that’s all I am going to say about this, ever again.

Happy Sunday evening…

Blaming Facebook

What ever happened to people commenting on blogs? I’ll tell you what, Facebook exploded and took the effort out of the extra few clicks to make a comment.

When I write a blog post I like to promote it through the social media outlets. It’s a great way to promote your blog and hopefully attract new readers (if your followers and friends are retweeting and resharing). But apparently there is a price for pushing out your blog post via the social network. People will put their comment on your Facebook shared link instead of in your comment section of the actual blog post. This is becoming my new pet peeve.

Granted, I am somewhat guilty of it myself. I’ll leave the comment on the Facebook page if it is a link to some big famous blog who require registration, three forms of ID, and a pint of blood. Who wants to deal with that big ole hot mess of a hassle, right? But if it is a friend’s blog, someone I know, that has been shared on Facebook, then I will take the whole one minute to click over to the original post and leave my comment there.

If there is some sort of social networking and blogging etiquette manual out somewhere, I’d like to add this to the list please – take the time to do your commenting on the actual blog and not the Facebook page. Or you can do both.