I’ve been on the internet for a very long time, so long in fact that I remember it being only a blinking cursor on a dark screen. I was drawn to the tool because of the power it had to sell my art, and quite frankly the internet has made me a success beyond my wildest dreams.
I jumped on board Facebook in 2004. Since it’s inception I’ve had a love hate relationship with Facebook. I have left it at least three times only to have to come back because most people only communicate through the platform.
Unfortunately, we can no longer consider not using social media. We can only ask ourselves what we want to use it for and how we want to behave on the platform. Many individuals believe that un-friending someone is a powerful social move, especially if they have racked up a lot of friends. The reality is that it is only powerful if the other person is offended by the gesture.
What I find most insidious is that there are many who believe everything they see on the platform. One would hope at some point that there will come a time where users will start understanding that what they aren’t interpreting what they see on Facebook correctly.
I was un-friended recently by an artist friend and banned from seeing their posts. I hadn’t had any interactions with this individual for months and it was friendly. So what happened? I haven’t been on the platform all that much in recent months.
Then I posted one picture.
Was it the picture of my swimming pool?
Guess it was.
Success will get you banned.