Friday, March 5, 2010

Facebook -- Playing a Numbers Game

......its the chat room of the 21st Century! People use Facebook (FB) for many different things. I personally use it to aid in the growth of my photography business and to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances that I’m unable to see on a regular basis. Last week, as I was uploading some sample client photos, I noticed that I had almost 400 FB friends. My husband and I had previously discussed the plausibility and possibility of someone personally knowing 400 people….I do know that many and more, but admit that I don’t have a personal relationship with each and every one. I just know them and have spoken with them at some point in time.

However, I believe there are those who use FB as a private popularity contest with others, to see how many “friends” than can acquire….their own little numbers game for secret bragging rights. Sounds weird I know, but women do that sort of thing.

While I haven’t always been able to see or speak to every single friend I have on FB, I occasionally scroll through my friend list and leave a “how ya doing” message for the ones I haven’t spoken with recently. Sometimes I get a response, sometimes I don’t. I don’t now how many people are in the practice of doing this, but its what I do. While scrolling through my list last week, I decided to conduct a little experiment to see how many of the people on my personal friend list actually pay attention to their friends. So, with mouse in hand, I started deleting my FB friends to see how many would actually notice that I am MIA from their friend list. I’m 2 weeks into this project, have pared my friend list down to 135 and have had only 1 person request to add me back as a friend. One!

How about you? Do you speak to your FB friends on a regular basis? Do you even know them? Or are you playing the numbers game?

I’m just sayin’,

--Margo