Friday, February 5, 2010

You Don't Know Me Like That ... A Detroit Free Press Blog On Facebook Friendship

Whether you're at Ferris State University or somewhere else, chances are you're on Facebook doing one thing or another.

Those of us who are addicted to Facebook, and judging from the numbers (there are more than 350 million active users) there are a lot of us, often deal with the sometimes touchy subject of friend requests.

Someone who is your Facebook friend today is not your Facebook friend tomorrow. You can be in a relationship and you can get married, but for some it is not truly validated until it is officially Facebook consummated via status change (I had this conversation with a person ... jokingly). These kinds of status changes include something along the lines of you are "In a Relationship," you are "Married" or you're in a relationship, but "It's Complicated." It's also cool when you have the little heart icon nearby.

Many of us have had that awkward moment where someone you've never talked to sends you a "friend request" and you have that moment of anxiety: to accept or not to accept.

Today, we have a term that is becoming increasingly used relative to Facebook: defriending.

If you upset me, I don't like your politics, too much information, you stole my girlfriend, I'm having a bad day, etc. ... I end our Facebook friendship with a few mouse clicks.

Peace. Happy trails. Best of luck in life ... without me.

Most of us have defriended people. As I think about it, I recall one Facebook friend who felt he had too many friends and went on a defriending rampage to cull his Facebook family. Later, he put issued a Facebook status that read something along the lines of: "If you are reading this then you made the cut and we are still Facebook friends."

Since I got the message, obviously, I made the cut.

I started to think about Facebook this morning as I read a blog posted by the Detroit Free Press that was written by Oneita Jackson.

I encourage you to check out her blog and to read some of the comments posted by readers.

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