Yup, it’s true, Facebook – I DO know those people! But guess what, if we have 60 friends in common and neither of us is new to Facebook, you ever think maybe we’re not friends for a reason?
Ok, so the “people you may know” feature on Facebook can be useful and occasionally has been for me. Like when an old friend just recently joined the site and we suddenly have 21 friends in common, or when you’re meeting new people and one of their friends you’ve hung out with a couple times pops up. No shame in using this to expand your social network, the more the merrier I always say!
But I have 2 serious annoyances that never seem to stop with this feature: when it’s constantly trying to get me to friend people who’ve been so bold as to un-friend me in the past or when it tries to get you to friend an Ex.
I’m not the kind of person who “un-friends”. Sorry, I just don’t care enough. I don’t get mad very often and I don’t hold grudges so I just don’t feel the need to digitally disconnect myself from people who fall out of my life or whatever it is that drives people to actually do this. Now I realize I’ve been un-friended several times throughout my life, and that’s fine – you do you, I don’t really care and honestly I’d laugh about it before getting offended or mad. The best is when people who have pulled this bitter little virtual trigger actually then try to re-friend me sometime later. Whatever dude, way to be fickle. But you’d think Facebook would be able to track this or build it into their top secret algorithm so I don’t have to constantly look at someone’s face on my right toolbar as a constant reminder that they’ve put in the effort to rid me from their timeline. I mean if they get to be so dramatic about disliking me, why am I the one who has to look at their profile pic 5 times a day?
Now the exes issue, I get that Facebook has no idea who I was dating 10 years ago but seriously, if we have 60 friends in common and you’ve been showing him in my “People You May Know” 5 times a day for the past 3 years and neither of us has ever clicked on “add friend” don’t you maybe think you should shut the hell up and stop asking me if I know him? You know I do, how could I not with 60 damn friends in common and a common high school in our profile? I didn’t know algorithms were so into rhetorical-seeming questions, but if Facebook could just stop trying to force this online friendship on me, I bet he, his wife and I would all greatly appreciate it.