It’s time for another admission.
I’ve developed something of an addiction to Facebook. I’m on it quite often, looking for things my actual friends and Facebook “friends” are doing and saying.
But a curious thing keeps happening and I want to share it with you here.
These “friend requests” keep showing up on my news feed. Individuals want to become “friends” on Facebook. I’m a bit reluctant to accept many of them. I look first to see who their current “friends” might be. If some of them already are included in my “friends” roster, I might accept the request. But not always.
These days I’m getting even more selective.
You see, I’ve accepted “friend” requests from individuals and they’ve turned out to be, well, pesky.
They pester me with responses to things I post on the social medium.
I use Facebook to distribute my blog, on which I write frequently. This post is an example, yes?
That platform goes out to my friends and I encourage them to distribute my posts along their network of friends. Same thing goes for Twitter, which also receives my blog.
However, when I get these “friend requests,” I have to weigh whether the person requesting the Facebook relationship is in it for the right reason — or wants to become known as a “troll.”
A couple of those so-called “trolls” have joined my Facebook “friends” roster.
Why do they annoy me? They take liberties responding to my blog. These are people I do not know. Yet they talk to me as if we’re longtime acquaintances.
I am at least acquainted with the vast majority of those with whom I have a Facebook relationship. And I know many of those individuals fairly well.
What’s more, the tiny handful of my very best friends in the world also are included in this group. They know who they are. Indeed, I’ve long held the view that one can usually count on the fingers of one hand his true friends.
These trolls, though, drive me a little nuts.
I actually unfriended one of those guys about a year ago because of the filthy language he was posting on my timeline. I didn’t want to subject other actual friends to the filth that was coming from this guy — who sought to join my roster of Facebook “friends.” I accepted his request, and then regretted it.
I’m not inclined to take that drastic route with the others who annoy me.
At least not yet.