I’m not one to unfriend people on Facebook. You have some folks out there who will unfriend you at a drop of a hat. Not me. I’ll just unfollow you. It’s a marvelous tool the creators of Facebook gave us.
If a person is being a knucklehead then you can simply unfollow them so you don’t have to see their posts anymore. Or, more specifically, you don’t have to put up with their crazy. It’s kind of like having a friend but not ever hanging out with them because they’re obnoxious.
Let me take my Facebook list as an example. If you think I’m talking about you and you are my friend on Facebook, well, I apologize because it probably is you. First off, let me begin by saying that sometimes you don’t really know a person until you add them to your friend’s list on social media. It’s only then you get a taste of their issues.
For instance, I have a couple of folks on my friend’s list who seem to be on the outs with their significant other every other day. They get on and bash them, calling them every name in the book before coming back the next day to talk about how incredible a person they are. They are the first ones to talk about “they have the best husband in the world” and get all gushy. Give it a rest drama queens – and kings. Your friends don’t care. How did they even make my list in the first place? Unfollowed.
Then there’s a religious zealot on my list that drones on and on about silliness like he’s some kind of prophet. Welcome to 2017. Anyone can quote the Bible all day. It’s called Google. If you want to make converts, stop babbling and start making sense. By the way, the person is not from here. Unfollowed.
Here’s one everyone can sympathize with, the political pundits. I don’t care how you voted, how bad you hated Hillary or how much you think Trump should be impeached. Talk about something besides politics. You’re a one trick pony and you’re wasting bandwidth. Unfollowed – numerous people.
Get a life. And, if you’re some kind of conspiracy theorist who peddles your madness on Facebook, you can go with them. Unfollowed.
Then there are people who endlessly repost stuff without checking on the correctness of it. They are the spreaders of fake news. There was a guy a while back who did the whole “repost this on your page if you’re not ashamed of him.” It was a picture of who he believed to be Jesus Christ, bless my friend’s heart. The picture was actually of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars. Check your facts. In the meantime you’re unfollowed as is everyone else who reposts mindlessly.
Oh, and lastly, if you’re one of those folks who wants to argue that the Earth is flat and go on babbling about it, then you have earned a special place on my unfollowed list. Everyone knows if the Earth were flat like a table then the cats would have already knocked everything off it.
Standard reporter Duane Sherrill can be reached at 473-2191.