Things I learned on Facebook

July 14th, 2009

1. When you change two of your three names five times in twenty years no one can find you.
2. Anonymity is underrated.
3. Talking to yourself is not always as interesting as you tell yourself it is.
4. Sometimes you need to hide from friends.
5. More often you need to hide from yourself.
6. When hyperventilating, get off Facebook and breathe into a paper bag.
7. Posting on Facebook and Twitter simultaneously is like making a bomb from instructions on the Internet. And detonating it.
8. Everything I learned on Facebook I learned by getting off Facebook.
9. The revolution will not be friended. The revolution will not be tweeted. There will be no revolution.
10. There will be a chain letter, and you will fall for it.
11. Post this on Facebook.

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  1. Posted! I didn't Tweet it though, sorry. I still haven't picked up that habit, since my brain does enough twittering offline already!

    Comment by Lana — July 14, 2009 @ 5:15 am

  2. Karen,
    I have been strenously resisting Facebook. I already do too many things that distract me and take up my time and serve little purpose. Loved your post.

    Comment by ELJ — July 14, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

  3. I temporarily signed myself off of facebook 3 weeks ago and haven't peeked in since. How did you know that I was going to go there this morning just to see what has been going on? Now I know it will be a whole lot of nothing! Thanks for saving me the 30 minutes I would never get back!


    Comment by Anonymous — July 14, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  4. Just don't stop blogging . . .


    Who has found a lot of mental energy going to thoughts like "this would be a good status update" and "I should blog that insight."


    Comment by Chris Austin-Lane — July 14, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  5. Karen – you are the best. you say it all- and there's nothing to say! Ditto for me everyone's comments.
    -jill d. in SLO

    Comment by Anonymous — July 14, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  6. Chris,
    I won't stop . . . I won't even stop Facebooking! I'm just outting myself.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — July 14, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  7. Oh no! Is facebook now a verb?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 14, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  8. Oh yes, Facebook is a very busy verb!

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — July 14, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

  9. I actually just revived a dormant Facebook page last night.

    It's like a drug.

    I'm afraid to go back…

    Comment by Jennifer — July 15, 2009 @ 1:12 am

  10. Against threats to your life, fear can be useful.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — July 15, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  11. I held out for so long, Karen. I only joined up a couple of months ago because my best friend put a hit out on me. Well, maybe not really, but she was just that serious, so I caved. It's been interesting. I don't do the quizzes and other things that people do. I enjoy (for the most part) seeing what the people I know are up to.

    You know I'm about to friend request you, right?

    Comment by Cam — July 15, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  12. I am a delinquent facebooker, it gives me a headache. Now the pressure to start tweeting? Does anyone really care what I'm doing at each moment of the day? I'm not so important. When did becoming available to the world at all times become mandatory? That's why I love caller ID, so that I don't always have to answer if I don't want to. Don't we all need somewhere to retreat to at the end of the day without some form of technology harassing us? Great post.

    Comment by beautiful birth — July 16, 2009 @ 4:02 am

  13. Folks say I need to do Twitter for our studio/gallery. I keep forgetting. sigh

    Comment by debra — October 24, 2010 @ 2:29 am

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