Hello, Mr. Facebook,
"What?" you cry incredulously.
Yes, it's true. It's not that you have been a bad boy (though you do carry on with an awful lot of women). You don't cost me much - perhaps ten minutes a day - and you pay off in some smiles and an occasional snort of laugher. Why would I break up with you then?
Well, for one thing this whole privacy thing drives me crazy. I realize it is tough to maintain any kind of boundaries on one's personal information but when you randomly changed my email last week, well, that pissed me off. I also get mad when you decide what status updates I should think are important and which are not. I hate advertising and yet I hate even more being profiled for advertising. Why should that bother me? Hell, I don't know but it does. It makes me feel manipulated.
Oddly enough, one of my biggest reasons for breaking up is also one of the reasons I am tempted to stay bound to you. I do like to see the photos of babies and engagement rings, weddings and picnics, new homes and vacations run amok. But sometimes looking at all those happy faces makes me feel as if something is wrong with my life. Sometimes I feel left out or less than. I seldom post anything personal on my own wall. I don't really like putting my life out there like that but I am drawn to what other people put up.
The feature of Facebook that I like the most is the ability to access so many articles or videos that other people think are interesting. I also subscribe to the Internet Anarchy feed and am guaranteed several good laughs a week with those posts. I am often steered towards good books with the five or six links I have to book review columns and I am linked to a number of social/political sites that feed that part of my mind.
So, I'll tell you what, Mr. Facebook, I am going to put this out in my blogging world. I like these people and I don't generally feel manipulated or left out by them. I wonder what they think about you? Let's find out, shall we?
Your friend (for now)
Blogger friends: What do you think? Send Mr. Facebook packing or keep him around for awhile?