Is there a Facebook YOU and a Real YOU?
There is a woman that I know from a networking group that always tells me how much she loves my Facebook posts. Almost every day that she gets on Facebook, she looks me up to see what funny thing I have to share. Well it took me back a little. Here is a professional woman whom I admire immensely, bothers to approach me and tell me what I post starts her day off to a good start. Stunned.
And for me too, there are those people that I look up to see what kind of snarky, playful fun can be going on because my day isn’t necessarily going the way I wished it was. As I have written several times in this blog, Facebook is a great escape for people at one point or another during their week.
The Old Fashioned Way
A few years ago I wrote a post about people taking what they see on Facebook at face….VALUE. And it seems that the same people that use the excuse that they “thought” they knew your life was okay because of what you post on Facebook are probably the same people that wouldn’t call you to find out anyway. But that is another post for another day.
I have some people that I know in real life, like the ones I see in person often, talk on the phone to often and they seem like happy normal people. People that I drink coffee with, have over to my house. Remember THOSE kinds of people? Well on a particular day when I was looking for a lift and went to Facebook for my daily dose of fun, I went to one of my friends pages and it was some negative thing about some corporation, I looked again and there was something else until finally after searching for a while, there was something that had nothing to do with the government or something ELSE we have no control over. I know this person. I know what a positive loving person they are! Yet to look at their page, you would think, “Why am I friends with this person? Which one is real?”
What about the First Amendment?
Now before you get all rabid on me, you are right. This is an individual’s page and in the spirit of free speech, that page can say whatever they want it to, right? But I have a dilemma – do I “unfriend” the person because the politics and rampages are just driving me crazy OR do I tell I am going to do it first? And on a philosophical note, which is my real friend? The person that I hang out with, laugh and cry with or the person that spews anger through their Wall?