For a long time I resisted joining Facebook.
But the truth of the matter is that if you maintain an online persona, it’s almost required that you join Facebook.
So I did.
My impression after three weeks: It’s a lot like Twitter, only a lot more so. It’s an interesting place and so far my experience there has been fairly benign.
Via FB Messenger from a “Friend” I don’t actually know who friended me several days ago:
Me: Um, yes?
Friend: I’ve got [some kind of something something] zoo animal. You still looking for those?
Friend: [some kind of some shit that makes no sense] zoo animal. What you got to trade?
Friend: Zoo World xeng boing frap zomf wazza wazza (ok, that’s not actually what he said, but in my head that’s what it sounded like and what he actually said made pretty much the same exact sense).
At this point I realize that this guy is the guy who keeps trying to sell me Zoo World paraphernalia on my wall. I also suddenly realize that Zoo World is a facebook game, and my new friend is not actually a procurer of exotic animals with a really cool job like John Wayne and Red Buttons in Hatari!
Me: Dude, I think you might have me confused with somebody else.
Me: I don’t play Zoo World or any other online FB game.
Friend: You don’t?
Friend: You want me to unfriend you?
Me: It’s up to you.
Friend: Well you don’t play games and I don’t like talking to you, so why should we be friends?
Me: I’m good either way, friend or unfriend. I just didn’t want you wasting your time thinking I was being a jerk by not buying your zoo animals or whatever
Friend: Unfriend then.
Friend: Wait, are you really hot?