#303 New Years Resolution: that Jokey Facebook way
Saturday 29th December, 2007
What is the rule about a happy new year to everyone on Facebook? Is it like a mass mobile text and seen as slack and not personal or is it OK in that jokey Facebook way?
xmas was a happy time of year on Facebook, the joys of counting down the days with yet more applications and Facebook ‘gifts’ than Santa could fit into his sack. And yet this runs the risk of leaving things a little slack with regard to more personal contact. So with New Years Eve well on track it is time to contend with how to manage festive greetings and well wishes.
En-mass seasonal gestures are OK for those friends with whom you may want to indicate a casual ‘hi’ and as the Facebook poke allows just remind them that you know that they still exist, and visa-versa. On the sending end of an SMS or poke, the expectation that you should receive a reciprocated message back displays an overly ambitious presumption on your part. Or perhaps you just like poking more than they do.
The point is that an engaged and intimate interaction the SMS and poke is not. A fun way to build in some informal contact over the festive period is a more accurate description of what is going on here. Of course this leads to all kinds of potentially socially conflated ‘situations’ as a poke, wall post, group SMS etc is either ignored or (perhaps worse) taken to mean more by the receiver than was intended by the sender.
For NYE’s, you already know who are your nearest and dearest. Moreover it is likely you will be at a ‘real’ get together with those that you love. And for those whose company you cannot enjoy on the night, then no harm came of a group message, just remember to check your wall posts and phone, and to reply in the morning.Tweet