Facebook Unfriending

I think it’s safe to say that Facebook (Feisbuk to my paisanos) has become the top social networking site. MySpace? Pffft, so 15 minutes ago. Recent months have seen a MySpace to Facebook migration worthy of a flock of Canada Geese (below).

Canada Geese

To the more hip amongst us mortals, Facebook has jumped the shark, and perhaps greener pastures (devoid of bourgeoisie influences) are to be sought.

I use Facebook and find it entertaining as well as a veritable time vacuum. Mostly I use Feisbuk as a Twitter page: posting amusing/ridiculous/interesting links as well as providing unnecessary updates during Texas football games and Mexican National Team fĂștbol matches. Not to mention keeping up with relatives back in the old country.

Surely, Facebook isn’t perfect, for example an “unlike” button (right) Unlike Buttonwould be nice, but it is a good way to keep in touch with people. I feel that besides an “unlike” button, something else is missing from Facebook: An “Unfriend” Notification.

When you request someone to be your “friend”, you get a notification that said person has approved your request. So why not be notified when a “friend” removes you from their “friend” list?

Speaking of “unfriending”, I realize that social networking is still in its infant stages (no matter what the hipsters say) insofar as customs are concerned. In other words, not enough time has elapsed for the light of etiquette to shine in every nook and cranny of the Facebook microcosm.

I understand that people “unfriend” for a slew of reasons: whittling of a massive “friends” list, feuding with the “unfriended” etc.

The question remains: Should an “unfriend” notification be sent to the exiled? In the same vein: What are good reasons to “unfriend” someone?

To see a good reason to “unfriend” someone check out this video, the “unfriend” comes at the end:

Oldest Person on Facebook Rocks

More often than not, older people (a relative term, ask a teenager and my 30 years on this earth make me “old”) are perceived to be technologically challenged or clueless.

Then you have Ivy Bean, a 102-year-old British woman who has a Facebook page.

Meet Ivy Bean – the world’s oldest Facebooker aged 102

An inspiration to all “old” people who wouldn’t know how to turn a computer on.

Back from CIY, Thank God…

“I stab you in the face…” — Lewis the Unicorn

For the uninitiated, CIY is an acronym for Christ in Youth, our non-denomination’s (Restoration Movement) yearly summer youth conference. Starting this year the high school conference is now known as Move.

This year, our youth group went to the one held in Bolivar, Missouri on the campus of Southwest Baptist University.

This makes the second time I go to CIY, the first was in ’05 at Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee. Like last time, the conference featured some outstanding speakers and moving (no pun intended) worship sessions.

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