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Sunday, December 12th 2010

9:07 PM

Do you unfriend?

I'm not the world's expert on social networking but I do spend a bit of time every day on Facebook. It's a nice way to keep up with friends and people I've met and would otherwise have lost touch with. Today, for example, I learned that Craig, who I used to play Evony with, went for a run. Way to go, Craig. I've also reconnected with some high school buddies (hi Craig, Barry, Kay) whom I would never have found were it not for social networking. So, that's pretty cool.

Because I'm a writer and publisher, I get a lot of friend requests from people I don't knkow but who are fellow writers or industry professionals. I always accept them (I don't always accept the beautiful Russian girls looking for passion but I would if I thought they weren't scam artists looking for what little money I have). As a result, though, I have a wide assortment of 'friends.' Some of them write genres I would never read. Some of them have political opinions that I not only disagree with but believe to be suicidal. Since I joined Facebook, though, I never un-friended any of them. (Some may have unfriended me, of course. Not sure). After all, there is a grain of truth in every political persuasion (Conservatives worry about government waste, of which there is plenty. Liberals worry about what happens when institutions (both governmental and private) go about their business without concern for who they hurt (if we'd put government and trial lawyers out of business, would BP really have bothered capping their spill?). As for religion, well, who knows, maybe I'll learn something from those who disagree with me.

But today, I reached my limit. When 'friends' write things that I not only disagree with but am ashamed to allow on my wall, attacking others (in this case, attacking gays), calling them names, and saying that he doesn't want anyone who disagrees with him posting, it was time for me to take that giant step in social networking and pick my first unfriend.

I'm all about open discussions. I'm not so much on name-calling. I don't know, what do you think? Should I have gritted my teeth in the name of marketing? Let me know.



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The name-caller, to my mind, is embarrassingly short on life's experiences. While I don't support his views, I think he deserves our pity rather than anger.
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I would unfriend him Rob. You can hide his posts so they will not show on your page, but since you fundamentally disagree with him, just let him go.:P
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