This is a post about Empire Avenue, the social networking stock market game. If you’re not on Empire Avenue and don’t want to be, please go somewhere else today. I was at 600/600 with the guy. It appears we connected on Empire Avenue more than a year ago. Not that I felt very connected. He wasn’t following me on Twitter, and I have no idea whether we might be Facebook friends. But I don’t ever recall chatting with him, and I can’t recall anything about the sort of content he might share. When he took my 5,000 eaves but did not tweet as I asked in the mission, I thought about it for a bit. And blocked the mission cheater. The forced refund of the 600 shares he owned set my share price back by 16 cents. Which seemed a very small price to pay to insure that this guy, whom I wasn’t really connected with, can’t take my eaves while blowing me off socially.
I came to the realization this morning that I am on Empire Avenue to meet new people and socialize with new and old friends. My blogging and social networking are done for my pleasure and Empire Avenue is mostly a place where I meet some great people and get some (fairly rudimentary) feedback about how I’m doing on my blogs and social networks. I definitely don’t want to re-arrange my social networking to benefit my Empire Avenue scores. I just want to socialize. So I find that I feel no guilt at all about disconnecting with someone I was never really connected with. I suppose eventually I may check Facebook and see if I can free up another friend slot. Or I might not, and this gentleman will be just one more to be eliminated. Some day, when I get around to cleaning up my Facebook. (Now that I can easily unsubscribe from content I don’t want to see without ever un-friending, I have no interest in cleaning up my Facebook list. At least not until I get a lot closer to the 5,000 friend hard limit.
I find myself thinking that you really do learn something new every day. And that the people I actually talk with are far more important than anyone who owns my shares on Empire Avenue.