One of my absolute dearest friends recently shared with her Facebook network that she “finds it annoying how people blog and post about every aspect of their life.” I immediately got on her case about it because I knew I was one of those people she was currently annoyed by. The ensuing “comment conversation,” which also included her boyfriend and aunt, proved that I was the minority and there are several people out there annoyed by my hour by hour postings of irrelevant life events. Sad day! I totally understand where they are coming from…i can imagine how some people would find it annoying to hear that i just ate “the most amazing cake that tasted like a chocolate cloud” or that I am “sitting cozy in my bed listening to the rain.” However, I post my life story because I love hearing other people’s life stories. If you just bought the cutest pair of shoes, tell me about it! I want to hear that you have a job interview tomorrow. I honestly love how social networking has obliterated privacy.
What I don’t love, however, is “vaguebooking.” I learned this term from urbandictionary.com and I love it. It refers to people posting vague facebook statuses to solicit a response from others. For example, “last night was a mistake.” That doesn’t tell me anything. Now you are forcing me to choose between ignoring you and never knowing what happened last night, or giving in to your desperate needy cries for attention and asking what went wrong. Lame. The whole point of facebook is for me to know what is going on in your life without actually having to interact with you. If you don’t want people to know what happened last night, then take a tip from my bestie and don’t post anything. If you want us to know, then just come right out and tell us. All “vaguebooking” is doing is pissing us both off. And as anyone who worked with us at Y summer camp three years ago knows, pissing off Brianna AND Amanda is never a good thing.