incidentally, i just heard how "unfriend" is the word of the year for the oxford dictionary. i can't say that i have unfriended facebook, because i've never actually joined.
i realize this makes me a bit of an outcast, because i'm one of 2 people that i know personally who doesn't use facebook. The Mr. being the other.
i've been asked by a few of my friends why i won't join, and now i'll pretend you asked as well:
- i know i would get addicted.
- i already know how few friends i have that i keep in sorry contact with in real life, i don't need a reminder on the internet as well. (email is enough of a reminder)
- on the same note, i don't care to "collect" friends. everyone i know is "friends" with someone that they would never be with for real. & i've seen someone's page with friend requests from someone they have never even heard of. (that's what i mean by collecting)
- it's hard enough for me to keep my two blogs up to date. i realize quite a few of the blogs i read of people i know personally are never updated because it's so much easier to do it on FB. that makes me sad. but i'm fairly regular with the little bean's blog... even though her gramma is on FB, it's my way of checking in.
- my friend has tried many times to get me to join, and let me know that a lotta my family is on there, too! ..... need i say more?
although, if the world would like to follow some changes, perhaps i could be persuaded to join so i could see my friends' happenings & stop wasting time going to their blog that hasn't been updated this whole year.
- if FB would re-vamp how to search for someone, it would be so much more helpful. anybody that i would be curious about, it seems they have too normal of a name: jeff smith, anyone? but if i could search by inputting everything i know about someone & get hits that way to narrow the field ... well- maybe then i'd be persuaded. because although it'd be great to know what jeff is up to these days, i am not going to sift through thousands of them for the privilege.
- not that i ever spent a ton o' time at classmates.com, but i liked how there was a little blurb about the people (if they wanted to share) and you had to pay to hear about the rest of it... most of the time i would search someone just to see if they have kids or where they live or whatever. it would be so much easier to spy on them than to friend them, see the info, and never talk with them again. (doesn't sound like a "friend" to me).
- and as for my spying- it would be fine if they were notified that i looked at their public profile. i don't need to hide it from them. that way if they were thinking: "oh, wow. i haven't thought of mpotter in years!" then they could see mine before friending me as well. i see it goes both ways.
- and what about the people that don't have a picture? so, hmm, i should randomly friend a blank jeff smith in the hopes & unlikelihood that it is THE ONE?
- or as bad as that, what about all the pictures of babies out there? if a main point of FB is to reconnect with long lost pals, how would i know if jeff had a kid or seven? and if i saw a jeff smith with an adorable baby picture--- well, same thing applies. (maybe at least put yourself in there with the kid since it's your profile??)
... so there you have it. i'm sure you won't miss me on FB at all.
& don't even get me started on twitter....