I am not that great at social media, personally or professionally. I have this blog. I have a personal FB account. I have a couple other blogs that I neglect to such an extreme that they should just be shut down. I have a LinkedIn account for my real name that I never update.
Twitter scares me because I think I’d start using it and never do any work ever again.
And I’m anti-social even on social media. I bookmark blogs, but never follow them. I’ll happily write a blog post about someone else’s blog post but the number of times I’ve actually posted on someone else’s blog is probably less than ten and I think always on well-established blogs I’ve followed long enough to believe I can trust the blogger not to edit or manipulate my words.
I think at this point I’ve unfriended more people on FB than I have friends on there. And I have my privacy settings and name on there set in such a way that you can’t actually find me unless you’ve already found me.
Why? I don’t know. I think in another life I must have been some version of a paranoid psychotic. I don’t know if I mentioned it on here before, but one of my jobs gave you all these psychology tests. One was Meyers-Briggs, which I have mentioned on here. Another was how susceptible you are to influence.
Me? I was so unsusceptible to influence that it was almost a negative number. Whatever made me score that is the same thing that keeps me from diving into online social interaction. At some basic level, I don’t trust it.
Every time someone FB shares one of those “If you really care about X will you post this on your page for an hour. I know most people won’t (because they’re cruel, heartless, horrible people who don’t care), but I will, will you?” I immediately have a gut reaction that someone is playing on my emotions to manipulate me. I don’t know what they get out of it, I just know someone made me feel crappy so I’d do what they want and I don’t like that so I don’t do it.
Anyway. I’m rambling. Blame it on Chuck Wendig. I started this post to share his post:
It was nice to see someone else who admits to readily unfriending people on FB.
I agree with much of what he says in the post, so definitely worth a read. And always entertaining as only he can be…