You know how facebook has that "people you may know" function?
Sometimes I search through it and randomly add people. Usually it's friends from high school or college I hadn't known were on facebook. Sometimes it's folks I met at a party. It's almost always someone I'm pretty sure I know.
I used to have a goal of keeping my "friends" under 100 -- you know, the people I actually am sort of friends with? But with the pressure to "socially network" in general and "platform build" (is it just me, or is the idea of building a platform for a currently non-existent product somewhat nauseating?) specifically, I figured, Hey, what the what, right?
But then one of those people I randomly added (based on the fact that we've got five very cool friends in common and I'm fairly certain we've got some kind of nodding acquaintance) added me back ... and promptly messaged me to ask, "Do I know you?"
Having concluded that"Facebook thinks you do, buddy" is not an appropriate answer, there's really nothing to do but write back with a heavy dose of self-deprecation.
Social media - reminding people of junior high since 2005.
Same thing goes for blogger. Did I tell you all how delighted I get when I get new followers? I totally do. It's a little embarasing, but hey -- there it is. HI FOLLOWERS! I LOVE YOU TO PIECES! (See above re: Creepy Weirdo.)
But this sort of Internet popularity is a double-edged sword, because I also find myself oddly upset when (for example) my blog gets "de-followed." I just want to know, what was it about me someone found so boring or offensive or distressing? I TAKE IT ALL BACK ABOUT THE HIPSTER GLASSES! (Just kidding, I don't. I'm still a tiny bit bummed, though. Like losing misplacing that last quarter right when you really, REALLY want a Diet Coke. Which if you know me is kind of a big deal.)
Have you guys encountered any odd social media phenomena? Is there something unpleasant I'm going to be discovering about Twitter? I don't think I can handle any more Moments Brought To You By Seventh Grade.