I have to steal a line a good friend of mine posted on Facebook recently because it truly sums up my feelings on today’s most popular social networks: “Twitter makes me want to have drinks w/people I’ve never met, Facebook makes me want to throw drinks at people I already know.” Thank you Stephanie, a more spot on comment I could not have come up with myself!
A friend from college convinced me to open a Facebook account three years ago. Hesitant at first, it didn’t take long until I was completely hooked! The friend requests immediately started pouring in from high school classmates I hadn’t spoken to since graduation, college roommates I thought I’d never speak to again, people I’ve worked with through the years, friends, enemies, family and quite a few people that I’m not actually sure I even know but felt bad not accepting the requests from. So many close relationships have been reunited and for me that has been a great blessing. When I see ex-boyfriends who’ve gained a good 50 pounds, lost a lot of their hair, or are happily cruising along with their career in mowing lawns, it secretly makes my day. And I must say, if I ever truly question what a terrible high school education I received, all I need to do is pull up the Facebook updates for the day and look at the numerous misspellings and fragmented sentences my old classmates are posting for confirmation. “See hubby, it isn’t my fault, we’re all stupid.”
As my friend list grew I began learning more and more about where their lives were going, for some people, more than I would ever want to know. I was shocked at what people would post about their personal lives. Divorces seemed to actually be taking place online. Arguments between friends were unraveling right there on the updates page. Family members seemed to be communicating with each other via Facebook as opposed to sitting down at the dinner table and speaking face to face. It really started to become a bit disturbing.
Meanwhile, I had started to manage the Twitter account for my company. When I started the account I thought Twitter was one of the stupidest things I’d ever heard of. Seriously, who really gives a damn what I’m doing at any point in the day. I couldn’t think of one person who would actually want to “follow” what I had to say. However, I did find it interesting to see what other people had to say. Not your normal everyday people, but the celebrities of course. I’d often be online posting a tweet about my company’s next big event when I would find myself casually dropping by to see what Britney Spears or P. Diddy had been up too. I never actually “followed” them because I didn’t think that was appropriate with a business account. But it was fun to take a peak here and there.
After I started Margs for Mommy I noticed how many other bloggers had Twitter accounts and thought it would make sense to start my own. As Margs for Mommy of course, not as myself, this made it okay. As soon as the account was opened I went straight to Hollywood following the likes of Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and my personal favorite Charlie Sheen (that guy really is a riot!). I also of course follow lots of other mom bloggers, ones who make me laugh, because we all need a good laugh in the middle of a crappy day! And how cool is it to just pull up a page containing the thoughts and comments of random people I don’t even know all over the world?? I would much rather hear what Andy from Bravo has to say about the latest Real Housewives drama, than to read what the girl who sat behind me in Algebra had for breakfast this morning.
So to Andy, Diddy, Britney and the rest of my Twitter buds, let me know when you might be free to grab a drink, and to my Facebook friends posting more than we need to know, you might want to duck next time you see me at the bar!