Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Facebook 101

Was there an orientation session for Facebook and I missed it? Or an operations manual or an, I dunno, etiquette guide to friendly facebooking that got lost in my inbox!? Seriously friends, there should really be some established guidelines, some basic rules of etiquette if you will, that we can all check the little box and agree to follow throughout our facebooking ventures. Here is what I'd like to see:

1) All friend requests must come with a note of introduction/reintroduction or a 'hey, what up'. There have been too many times when I debate for way too long whether or not to accept or ignore a name that a) I don't recognize, b) I do recognize but not sure why, or c) There's no freakin photo and that's just weird!! Which leads me to...

2) All profiles must have a profile photo - otherwise it's just creepy.

3) There should also be some sort of friend request delay - let's say a 12 hour delay - that will send you an 'are you sure you want to request this friend' message before the request is actually sent. This could prevent one from I dunno, going on an alcohol-induced requesting spree that might lead one to be 'that person' on the other end of rule #1. I'm just sayin.

4) People should be able to be on FB and not be detected. Even offline. Sometimes a little anonymity is nice. I mean, do I really want my co-workers to know that I was facebooking til 2 am when I come dragging into work just 6 hours later?? Oh wait, who cares. But that does lead me to this next one...

5) Tagged photos should also go through a delay period where the tagged individual can 'accept' or 'decline' a photo to be tagged. There are some things that just don't need to be seen by the masses.

Do I sound paranoid? I sound paranoid, don't I. These are just some things that I think about from time-to-time. Really, I'm quite happy with the beast that is Facebook. It's brought me some kick-ass reconnects and kept me in touch with so many people that I hadn't realized I missed until they were my 'friends' again. Plus, it makes maintaining existing friendships so much cooler.

What would you add to the manual?


Justin said...

Sometimes I get a little weirded out by FB and I have buddy list holocausts where I just delete people that I"ve decided I don't want to be knowing about my business. Sometimes they'll re-request my friendship and then i deny them.

Ps: I'm a total dick. But whatever.

Schovillova said...

Yeesh, I wish I could be so bold. But I can't. I lack the proverbial balls to do so. Alas, I'm left to complain about it instead. I keep a mental holocaust list that could one night fall prey to - I dunno - one of those inebriated sprees instead.

Eric said...

Please, please, please don't holocaust me!!! (btw, I agree about the "permission to be tagged in a photo" idea. Hasn't been a problem yet, but I'm afraid that some old photos might surface.