I sat down tonight to punch out a blog, but literally nada came to mind. However, a quick peak into the mailbag solved that problem in a hurry. Warning - if you don't use Facebook (and I know there are still a few of you holding out) this question and answer won't make quite as much sense. Or perhaps you'll make more sense of it than I will because this one is a winner:
As you know, I am new to Facebook & I’m still trying to figure it out. I thought it was supposed to be a friendly place, but whenever I sign on, I find that people are throwing everything under the sun at me: snowballs, drinks, iceballs, ornaments, flair, etc. It is a little overwhelming. What is all of this stuff?? When I click on the links, the computer asks to access all of my private info, & I freeze, back slowly away, & hope that it didn’t notice me. And, what in the heck is a poke?? When I went to the help page, it just says that a poke “can be used for a variety of things.” Like what? Can I get it to fix my dryer? Move my car when the no parking zone goes into effect? Cook me a spaghetti dinner? Take me to Ikea?
I went to my all knowing sister for advice, & she advised me to ignore all the extraneous stuff & continue just focusing on what I have been doing--posting random Muppet videos, replying to my own posts, and trying to figure out if I know these people from high school or from my television. That’s easy for her to say because she has over 200 friends. She can ignore pokes and snowballs, lose 20 or 30 friends, and still have more people in her all star roster than there are in Plymouth Village, Kentucky (pop. 201).
So I decided to turn to you, Captain Facebook, for your thoughts on the matter. As part of my appreciation, I am throwing at you what I think will become the newest and most popular application in Facebook: the potato boat!
AGM, doing my share to fill the HTF mailbox since 2008
Well, AGM, you both called me "Captain Facebook" and awarded me a potato boat, for which I am deeply
troubled appreciative. In my first week of joining The Book (I'm told that's what the kids are calling these days) over a year ago I was bitten by a werewolf, kidnapped, involved in a Mob-related Jewelry Store Heist, hit by the aforementioned snowball, invited to overthrow a government (I'm not sure which one), involved in the "worlds biggest pillow fight," and got Super-poked (OUCH) by someone I supposedly knew in high school, which made me really uncomfortable. (If you thought a normal poke was powerful, you should see what a SuperPoke can do. I once used one to make Rosie O'Donnell stop talking - that's powerful.)
So I was a bit overwhelmed like you. I'm a pleaser you see - someone who tries to keep the peace and not ruffle feathers - keep the sailing smooth - don't rock the boat - you get the idea (those idioms would all be great band names). But then I discovered the "IGNORE BUTTON." After pushing it a few times I felt really empowered. Now I hit that baby a half dozen times a day. Yeah, I have just a few friends on The Book and you'd think they'd get the idea that I never, almost never, click "ACCEPT." But I guess they are intent on involving me in their lives of crime or at least giving me a virtual bruise.
So my friend, this post is a bit long already, so just take my advice - Click ignore, unless it's something like a really cool piece of "flair" with a chimp throwing fedoras or something. In that case you fire some of that action my way!