Proper Facebook Etiquette

#609 can you get away with a single ‘Happy New Year’ Status Update after the event?

Friday 1st January, 2010

Dear Mariann,

Can you please confirm as to whether it is necessary to send and reply to every single friend on Facebook. Or can you get away with a single ‘Happy New Year’ Status Update after the event?
(From Ms SM, Hogmanay, Edinburgh via email)
There are all kinds of ways one might say ‘Ahoy, there! Happy 2010’, though three to avoid are: “Sorry, I don’t know who You are, have we actually met, but New Year greetings! (I accept Your Friend Request, but only cos I still think numbers count)”, “Welcome to the Ten’s! ha, made you read this boring update” (*yawn*) and “Ooh, I’m having such an exciting time that I’m writing to update my Status (rather than send you a pricey text, at 00.01am)”.
To answer your specific case in point, no it is not necessary (and it IS tedious) to reply to all friends on Facebook. To Status Update during the event smacks of New Year fatigue and a level of self-obsessment (You loving the description of what You are doing ‘right now’. Are you having that much of a good time really?), and this becomes critically apparent a few seconds after midnight as Status Update follows Status Update. OR perhaps it is You who are a little too desperate for attention anticipating the replies of friends. My advice, find a little bit of distance and relax.
And just to make sure, for 2010, enjoy this next year in the company of those friends you deem the most worthy and of more importance than just a Status Update. Employ this, and this shall be your greatest achievement for the next decade.
Happy New Year one and, indeed, all.

…(sends to Facebook for Status Update).

2 Responses to “#609 can you get away with a single ‘Happy New Year’ Status Update after the event?”

  1. Frederick says:

    Dr Hardey, is my new year resolution of less Facebook a good idea or bad idea?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mariane,
    I sent you a friend request. Why have you not replied?

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