Facebook is weird. It’s the one place where your past & present collide. Your personal and professional life overlap (well at least mine does). Your friends from middle school suddenly appear and post a ton of pictures of you from when you were 12. Your ex-boyfriends start appearing one at a time and now they are all in one place together. Your clients, employers, co-workers, ex-friends, new friends, kids, kid’s friends, ex-husbands, lovers, acquaintances and strangers all together commenting on what you are doing at the moment. Friends from high school, people you don’t remember from high school, people that remember too much from high school, your family, your neighbors… They are all there (here) together. People in your life who would never interact now have the opportunity to interact. It’s just weird. Normally when you go for a job interview or are negotiating a project with a new client you don’t show them your pictures from middle school, talk about your exes, or tell them what you are doing every minute of the day. I’m just wondering what this all means in the big picture of life? It’s kind of strange and cool at the same time.
I’m not sure how I feel about having you all there together… so far it’s a fun ride.
Would love to hear your thoughts about this big social experiment we are all a part of.
And now, in 2015, three things I always think about before posting on Facebook (or anywhere on the internet) are:
- Is this post or comment going to be helpful or hurtful?
- Am I okay with whatever I am posting to be on the front page of the NY Times or spread all over the internet?
- Am I being judgie? I made up that word but I often call myself out on my own BS. It is so easy to judge others or to post passive aggressive memes or comments about others beliefs. And, doing so doesn’t do any good.
- Time to breathe
- What is your story?