#319 What everyone else is up to
Sunday 27th April, 2008
The newsfeed is nice, but do i have to keep track of what all my friends are up to?
Hmm I’m checking out my friends updates now… reading between the lines of various relationship status changes from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship’, as well as posted items and tagged photos. Of course without all this ‘essential’ social information I’d be doing what with my Sunday? Setting my own status and inflicting some more blog posts on my Facebook friends 😀
I’m aware that to venture out exclusively in the company of Facebook friends is to bear the markers of a socially immersed (and possibly obsessed) set of social protocols. There is the flip side to your keeping up with friends dilemma and that is to ignore all updates. They’re transient and probably less than interesting anyway. This seems marginally preferable to convincing oneself that there is a marked interest when one of your Facebook friends goes from ‘single’ to ‘its complicated’. Although you may have a more generous social impulse to engage with friend events and actions: But isn’t that just the Facebook way when you find yourself immersed within a set of social information and criteria that you previously didn’t care about, but suddenly seems most interesting AND important.
Maybe it’s about be a ‘know all’ or having a natural curiosity about what is going on around you. I can’t stop but help myself to ‘just checking’ out what my Facebook friends are up to. And if they want to share this information with me, so much the better! I don’t really know if this is true for every Facebook-er, but it’s nice to at least have a pretence that you are interested in what goes on in friends lives.
The trouble, as you have found, is to keep this all in balance. Well instead of negotiating around the how to keep up with all your friends, why not take pleasure from the snippets of information that Facebook cleverly divulges to you. You may have noticed that in the last week the Facebook team have decided to take down the ‘thumbs up’, ‘thumbs down’ vote in the main newsfeed which means that you and your friends are open to similar sets of social updates. Intervening in this ‘sophisticated’ method of updates would seem rude and a waste of your precious social time at this stage.
So read, digest and enjoy. Until the next set of Facebook updates…Tweet