The internet plays a major role in my life because I live in an isolated area and because I like to control my contact with other people. I am selective with my friends both in real life and in cyberspace. I’m not willing to give up all of my time to feed other peoples’ needs.
Over the years I’ve been a member of message boards and other groups. I have a myspace account and obviously, I blog. I’ve met some pretty cool people in interesting places with interesting stories to tell; people I know I would consider a friend if we weren’t separated by distance.
I’ve also met people I wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire.
Then there is that one person on the message board or in the group who drives me batshit insane. She (it’s always a she) is like that person at a cocktail party who just won’t shut up and who annoys me to the point police intervention becomes necessary. She invades my internet spaces and posts comment after innane comment on my post or page. She is in my face 24/7 and I can’t possibly ignore her because she won’t let me. It would seem that I could shut out a cyber connection, but there are other people I like who are attached to this person, so I have to wade through all of her blah, blah, blah to visit with them.
For years I said I would never have a facebook account or be a part of twitter. Recently, I caved on facebook. And you know what?! Not 2 days after I started the account, this woman showed up with a friend request. WTF?! I have successfully avoided her for well over a year. I used my real name on facebook rather than a moniker. Did she have a permanent search set up so she would know the instant I opened an account? Stalker.
So now her friend request sits in the upper right hand corner of my page like a big, fat, ugly elephant trumpeting in my ear and scratching my brain. I don’t know if I can deny or ignore her without facebook sending her a message. I know my regular readers are surprised I don’t just tell her to fuck off, but I don’t like confrontation. I’d much rather quietly ignore and live in my happy, sunshiney world.
So if any of you facebook pros have a recommendation for me, let me know.