I like you, but not the facebook you
Some people’s Facebook identities really bother me. The pictures they put up, the posts they decide to share, the information they expose. I may even like them a lot in person, think they are nifty and full of spice, but their online persona makes me want to smack them around and poke them in the spleen.
Facebook is like branding yourself. You create the brand that is you, complete with exactly how you want to be perceived. But the problem is… not everyone is good at branding. People can attempt to brand themselves in one way, but the overall package makes them seem quite douchey. Every decision you make from how you answer the question about your “interests,” to if you have a sardonic relationship status, or how sincere you are in your comments, to how many albums you have, if you have taken all your profile pictures yourself on your computer, if you have a self-mocking tone to the line marked “profession,” if you take too seriously your status updates, if you over-share your personal problems, or if you post pictures of random high-end eco living situations like a mansion carved into a redwood. Everything you put on Facebook somehow defines you, but I feel like it isn’t always accurate to how people really are.
I also resent my Facebook friends that have become Facebook celebrities. Everything they post has 65 people “liking” it. Really? That many people “like” that you worked out and then had a doughnut for breakfast. I mean yes, that is quite amusing and ironically clever….but really? I could post a picture of me blowing Nelson Mandela with the cure to cancer written across my cheek (has to be a profile shot of me to get the right angle) and still only a few people will “like” it.
Maybe I am just Facebook bitter and Timeline jealous?