I belong to facebook, along with just about everyone I know. I love certain things about facebook. Being able to see pictures of my closest friends most recent outings and festivities makes me feel like I can keep up with people who don't live closeby. Also, I can catch up with old friends and see how they're doing. Also, on occasion, I can stalk people just to see what they're doing.
But then, recently, there's been a downside to it. There are plenty of people who I really don't want to catch up with, or people I do not want to see my photos or what I'm doing in my life. Also, professors are now on facebook. Even my mom and mother-in-law are on facebook.
And do you get random friend requests from people? I do, and then I have to sit and search the person's profile to figure out how the hell they got to me. Do we have mutual friends? Do I recognize the person in pictures? Do I know the bf/gf/wife/husband/fiance of the person? Has the person changed her name and I'm just not recognizing him/her? ANNOYING!
And then there are friend requests from blasts from the past who I REALLY do not want to accept. But am I so mean so as to reject them? I certainly have realized when a person hasn't accepted my friend request. And it's amazing how something so stupid can send me into a roll of questioning: what did I do, why don't they want to be friends with me.
And what is up with the friend suggestions? Hello, doesn't FB realize that most of the people suggested either I have no freaking clue who they are, or I am purposely not friends with?
Well one recent friend suggestion has gotten to me big time. We have mutual friends. But I do not care to even allow this person to know I am on facebook. Luckily in privacy settings, you can block people from even searching your name, which I will do today. But now, I do not even want to comment on the wall/photo of any of our mutual friends. Ahh, the joys and pitfalls of social networks - it makes it far too easy for people to find you when the last thing you want is for that person to be able to do so. Sometimes, I just want to hide everything on there and go on a hiatus from it.