Good or bad. Right or wrong. Black or white. Sometimes it seems to me that far too many of us far too often think in terms of absolutes that really don’t apply. Computers are really good at keeping track of numbers. And the fact is that most numbers can be managed or manipulated. Humans, by contrast, are much better at judging subtleties and placing information in context.
And yet so many times, we humans just get it flat wrong. And so it seems to me that if one is doing social networking, one is probably better off establishing some rules, so as to keep one’s networking effective. At this point, Facebook is pretty much my main networking site. If we are connected at all, I want us to be connected on Facebook. I downloaded a great little Chrome add on for Facebook that lets me know any time someone stops appearing in my friends’ list. For me, de-friending on Facebook always leads to selling and blocking on Empire Avenue, assuming we had been connected there.
I’ve often said that with the billions of people on this planet, it really isn’t possible for all of us to be friends with each other. And it seems to me that what everyone really most needs is a good way of sorting people into those one does and does not choose to become personally acquainted with. I believe that anyone who denies there is real need for sorting criteria is quite mistaken. It really isn’t possible for everyone everywhere to all be friends with each other.