I have a hate/hate relationship with Facebook, and it’s getting worse.
First off, I always did despise those jokey poke, superpoke, li’l green sprout, mafia wars thingies. What does it all mean? It feels like a replacement for real human interaction to me, like we are just jostling and nudging each other mindlessly without saying anything.
And ‘friending’? Really? As one writer ‘friend’ said to me online, when did ‘friend’ become a verb?
But at least that felt doable for someone as curmudgeonly as me.
However… now it’s reached the penultimate limit for me. Now I keep getting these requests that I become someone’s fan. Really… their FAN? I will willingly become a fan of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Adele, Duffy, Nora Roberts, Jane Austen, but Joe Blow from Idaho?
I don’t think so, and I will hit myself over the head with a sledgehammer – repeatedly – before I plead with anyone else to become MY fan.
Can’t they come up with a better word? Even Twitter’s ominous ‘followers’ doesn’t sound so derned self-centered.