To Facebook or Not To Facebook . . . That is the question.


Liz Jenkins


I’ve been invited to join Facebook about a dozen times over the last few weeks.  “Friend” me, they say.  Some actually are friends, some are business acquaintances, some relatives.  I keep wondering – do I give myself a “face” or not. 

At this point, I”m thinking not.  My friend, Angela, keeps asking why not so I really had to think, well why not.  Can’t be that hard – seems like everyone is on it.  Then I started thinking, well, there’s one more thing I have to keep up with and do I really want to. 

I’ve got Active Rain for real estate stuff, Linked In for business stuff, and my own blog for my company stuff.  I’ve got everyone I need to talk to on my Outlook, photos go to Snapfish, and I can send out business announcements through Constant Contact.  I just don’t think I want to have one more site I have to keep tabs on.  Plus, do I really want my pictures and whereabouts out there and have to divulge my personal thoughts where they will be on display, permanently?  I know, I can make them private or only for a select few.  But then, what’s the point? I can communicate with those “select few” when I want to – it’s part of being a friend so I’d better make the effort or I won’t have any friends.  And do I really want people from my past stalking me, as has happened recently to a good friend of mine.  A guy from high school keeps trying to “friend” her and no matter how many times she ignores him – he just doesn’t get the hint.  More stress than I need, I’m thinking.

I may change my mind but for now I think I don’t need one more thing going on that I have to maintain.  Unless anyone can convince me it’s SO worthwhile, I think I’ll pass for now.