Facebook gone bad

March 4, 2009

I’ve tried really hard, this past year, to understand the relevance of Facebook. I have a page and I must admit to scanning it every day or so to see what my “friends” are up to.

If you don’t have a Facebook account, one of its hallmarks is that the user posts what they are doing that very minute.”Carol is….” And comment is invited.

Sometimes I post things like “Carol is thinking she doesn’t have time for Facebook”. Today I posted “Carol is excited that she is having dinner next week with her brother and nephew.” Sometimes I don’t post at all.

I like the posts that say what people are doing personally, but there are also a stalwart and hardy few who post business links and activities. I tend to skip right over those. They are usually self-serving and promotional, and, to be completely honest: BORING.

That is not to say that I am not going to post about my new business on April 1. But I think everyone is struggling with how to do the Facebook conversation. Especially for business.

I saw a story the other day about PDiddy on Twitter. He “tweeted” all day that he was having tantric sex. Ummm…like, who cares? Twitter. Like Facebook, its relevance is a mystery to me.

Today, though, I saw a Facebook post that just astonished me. And struck me as “Facebook gone bad.”

The post said: (Name) is attending (other name’s) memorial service.

So I had this mental picture: The guy was sitting at a memorial service posting this from his PDA. Instead of mourning or paying respects to the deceased.

It begged the question: why would someone post something this inappropriate?
The only answer is that he wanted people to know he was at this service. That it was a place to be seen for “status”. Or a networking event.

Bad taste in my mouth. Sort of like I threw up a little in my mouth.

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