Thursday, March 18, 2010

When do you drop a facebook friend?

When I went home for the all-class reunion in Malta this past summer, I had more than a few people tell me I needed to join facebook.  Personally I think face book is a little Gary without the "r" but I did it anyway.  "Its the only way I communicate" was the biggest reason everyone was on it. It's a stupid way to communicate IMO but hey to each their own.  Anyway, I joined so that I could stay in touch with some of these folks.  I figured that if this was the only way they communicated that I'd better so that I can stay in touch.  Too many good people I haven't seen and I certainly didn't want to drift again.

After joining, I started receiving "friend" requests and took most of them.  So here's the deal.  I had this girl I knew in college friend me.  We barely knew each other.  Played co-ed softball on spring but she is good friends with another girl from college that I love like a sister and I'm sure we were suggested blah, blah, blah.  So this chick is all pro-health care.  That's fine.   We all want reform, just not this bill. She is posting plenty of lies information from the pro-health care crowd and there is some very polite exchanges from friends of hers that see things a different way, me being one of those.  In my defense, I have been very polite and gentile in my criticism.  I don't think facebook is the place to have an aggressive debate with stupid other people who think that different.  Not a heated debated anyway.  You can certainly have a fun time taking swipes at one another but not get seriously heated and I did not.  Actually, I only commented on three different "threads" or whatever they are called on facebook.  I tried to find my last post but it had been removed.  But this is where it gets really interesting.  I can no longer comment on her page.  I can comment on everyone elses age so I'm assuming she's block me from commenting.  I can still access her page and read all of her posts but I can't add my two cents. 

So this is the question: if this "friend" is so fragile that she can't or doesn't want anyone elses opinion on her page that is different from her own and we aren't and never have been close do I just unfriend her or shrug and roll with it?

By the way, I'm linking this blog post on my facebook page.  Sometimes I just ask for trouble.


rr256 said...

Your Options are:

1) Drop her
2) Get the last word in and then drop her
3) Post this dilemma on your blog, get the last word in, get feedback from your readers, and then drop her

I say Option 3.

Milk River Madman said...

Hmmm. All are very viable options.

Pam said...

Oooh, interesting dilema! I vote for option 3 too. I think most folks aren't letting their FB and blogs overlap much ... are you?

TROLL Y2K said...

I'm too stunned by the fact that you joined Facebook to offer an intelligent opinion.

You didn't decorate your page with unicorns, hello kitty logos, and pictures Johnny Depp as a pirate did you?

Milk River Madman said...

Ricker, what? Me want to get the last word in? Naaaaaaaaaaaah.

Pam, I don't overlap a lot but have linked some health care things there. Its my posting on her page that has her upset.

TK, It was a sad day. However, now that the HC debate is over for a bit. I won't be there for a while