I have lately taken to using the term Facebook friends and I realized that I probably should make clear what I mean when I say “Facebook friends”. There really is nothing new under the sun, and anyone who has ever been successful in a large group of people has had some relationships that are….political. In any big group you have some folks who are quite obviously too powerful to publicly piss off. The wise newcomer tries to figure out who these people are as soon as they encounter a new group.
I’ve written many times before about my belief that it is far better to just block people you don’t care for and don’t want to deal with. Indeed, it seems as though I got brownie points with a number of people for quietly and unapologetically blocking a few assholes some of my friends regarded as “Facebook freinds”. (Which is to say that like me they realized the person was pretty much an asshole, even though they made a conscious decision not to alienate the asshole.) To be perfectly honest, I do not believe that anyone can succeed in any large group without having some “political” friends– people whom they may or may not like and/or be genuinely close to but whom they always publicly respect and don’t talk trash about. These “political” friends are what I am referring to when I use the term “Facebook freinds”.