Time has proven that Facebook serves a plethora of purposes; people generally like to update each other on issues of all kinds- new baby arrivals, a wedding proposal, pictures of a recent vacation, or even news concerning a hit recipe. For the most part, this usage of Facebook makes sense to me. However, when I consider Facebook’s “Places” feature, I just can’t believe that my friends would concern themselves with the fact that I am currently at a local Starbucks.
For years, I have always been amused at the status updates people post on their profiles: “…is officially a man-hater”, “…is getting over a major hangover”. While some bits of information people share on Facebook are simply in the “TMI” category, others really are trivial and pointless. For the most part, I have to admit that these people surprise me by the amount of gall that they possess; I would never dare post such statuses because I fear that no one would care…or that I would be made fun of. Therefore, the very thought of updating my location seems completely ridiculous.
Last week, I attempted to prove that my trivial status update would be overlooked. Assuming that it would sit and collect dust, I posted the most random thought I could muster: my favorite brand of cottage cheese.
To my surprise, within about an hour, I had approximately six comments. My friends had not only taken notice of this opinion, but commented on it as well. Amazing!
Perhaps my own insecurities have prevented me from fully utilizing all that I could share on Facebook. I haven’t used the “Places” feature yet, and I doubt I will. Although my Facebook acquaintances took note of my cottage cheese preference, I am still struggling to accept that the “Top News” for the day would include my upcoming location: the dentist’s office, Monday at 3:00.