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Just Ignore Me.

Just Ignore Me.

Right. So. First, I had a birthday. Then, I wrote a post about how when you have a birthday on Facebook, all these people start wishing you Happy Birthday, but really all the people in your life who are your friends already know it’s your birthday without Facebook telling them, and I made fun of Facebook Friends. I do that sometimes. It pissed some of you off. Then I confused even more of you. But I promise this is the last of it.

If you cannot see the video click here.

Comments (20)

  1. Sep 2, 2010

    That is why I like Twitter, at least it’s honest. Follower. Followee. Less commitment.

  2. Sep 2, 2010

    Written communication is remarkably open to misinterpretation, especially when one has an especially dry, deliberately ambivalent take on life, the Internet, Facebook, etc., as you seem to. That said, I don’t really get why some people are so in love with Facebook. Doesn’t everyone cast a jaundiced eye on a company that has elicited a lot of criticism for its constant adjustments to its privacy settings and its blatant use of personal information for (hoped-for) profit? It’s free for a reason, people! Facebook does want to make money, though. It’s not a charitable organization. I keep my birthday hidden most of the time, because of the possibility of identity theft. And because it was creepy to see ads promising special deals on UGG boots for [specific age]-year-olds. Other people I know put in incorrect dates for their birthday, for the same reason.

    And, as you point out, Facebook friends may or may not be actual friends. I don’t “friend” anyone I don’t wish well. But with an extremely limited 67 FB friends (actually 66 because one of my brothers-in-law is on twice, for some reason), I’m not looking to influence people through a private page. Other people have thousands of “friends”–way more than they could ever be genuine friends with.

  3. Sep 2, 2010

    You want to hear something funny? “The Social Network,” that movie about Facebook, asked to be my friend the other day. On MySpace.

    I like the new header.

  4. Sep 2, 2010

    Okay, at first I was like, Anna has gone all Maya Deren on us. And then it won me over and I really enjoyed it.

    Facebook. I just don’t know. It’s becoming like the weather: everybody talks about it but nobody does anything.

    Apparently, many people are now bumping up against the fact that facebook only lets you have 5,000 friends. Wow.

  5. Sep 2, 2010

    No way, dude, it’s my homage to Charles Barkley!


  6. Sep 2, 2010

    True. Though the “follower” thing can get to people’s heads. But in a way, it is more accurate.

  7. Sep 2, 2010

    I “friend” people on Facebook when I have generally good feelings about them, yeah. But there’s a good chunk of them that I’ve never met of with whom I’ve fallen out of touch, or whatever. So, I mean, it’s a stretch to call them my friends. They MIGHT be friends, like if we lived near each other or something. Or if circumstances were different. Or they might not be. I really didn’t think this was a revolutionary idea.

    But I also think that people felt that they were wishing me a happy birthday and it was rude for me to make jokes about it. I suppose they have a point, there is something to be said about being gracious. But on the other hand . . . it was not a huge time expenditure here. I don’t know. I just didn’t think it was that offensive. I guess I was wrong.

  8. Sep 2, 2010

    No way. No way no way no way. No way are you still on MySpace.

  9. Sep 2, 2010

    Maybe, unbeknownst to yourself, you’ve reached that upper echelon of personalities/bloggers who must be exceedingly strategic and bland or risk their queenly reputations and earning potential. In other words, you should be “above” criticizing Facebook. Did you just accidentally put the kibosh on a lucrative partnership with Facebook or a similar influential brand?

  10. Sep 2, 2010

    HAH. I don’t THINK so. My reputation is about at the same level as Courtney Love Cobain’s right after the release of Kurt and Courtney.

  11. Sep 3, 2010

    I cannot believe we are still talking about this.

  12. Sep 3, 2010

    well done on the video well done.

    And I have totally discussed the definition of friendship in the sense of MySpace with professors in my philosophy classes. Well said.

    The emmy is yours.

  13. I’m just thinking you have mad b-ball skills. You totally nailed that slam dunk on the kiddie court.

    That was the point of the video right? To show off mad skills?

  14. Sep 3, 2010

    I was the center on my,elementary & high school basket ball teams, so I can totally appreciate your BB skills. The rest….I’m scared.

  15. Denise
    Sep 3, 2010

    You are silly, which is why I continue to visit your site. Video was great!

    Didn’t wish you HB on Facebook but hope it was a good one nonetheless.

  16. Sep 3, 2010

    Loved the “parents should be on facebook” analogy. Very FUNNY.

    Yeah the facebook friends thing — it covers the full spectrum from almost no connection to actual real-life friends and everything in between.

    Going with the Nike commercial homage, it sounds like facebook for you is another place people can click through to your blog — it’s primarily a business connection. I think this is the general trend.

  17. Heather
    Sep 3, 2010

    Best Video Ever.

  18. LC
    Sep 3, 2010

    I find this video inappropriately critical of Charles Barkley Nike Ads.

  19. LC
    Sep 3, 2010

    And Facebook which is a totally deserving and important social cause for us all.

  20. Sep 15, 2010

    This was brilliant. And funny. And risky. Good on you.

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