I’ve now “hidden” three different people on Facebook. (Hiding a face seems to defeat the purpose, huh?) I found this feature by accident, but it’s a great device because it enables me to shut down people posting like those fake chattering teeth that sit on a table in novelty stores.
I’ve lost total interest in linkedin (though I now have 67 billion connections, or whatever), and Facebook seems like a coffee shop I might spend five minutes in once a day (make the latté to go, please). It’s effective for quickly staying in touch with some friends and colleagues, and it can be pretty funny at times. But you have to be very careful with your basic sarcasm (someone commented that they were running an effective listening program, so I responded with “What?”), though that isn’t as bad as the sheer volume of others’ inanity.
Apparently, some people continually post their twittering, links, notes, pre-cognitive mood swings, and involuntary bodily sounds, all automatically. One guy just appeared 12 consecutive times over a brief time frame, narrating tiny bits of something he’s involved in as a constant stream of consciousness—or unconsciousness. (It was either “hide” him or hide from him.)
When my son said this was a huge “time dump,” he wasn’t just kidding. How much time is this sucking out of people’s lives?
I’ll continue to hang around, though I’m growing bored. However, I do, apparently, now have 54 friends, and I plan to ask them all for money, or threaten to post something every nine minutes.
Who knows? Maybe they haven’t yet found the “hide” feature.
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