Ah, the Internet. Let’s us ‘travel’ around the world, connect with far-flung friends and family cheaper than phones and just as fast. A great way to make new friends with common interests….
What I still haven’t quite figured out is WHY some people seem to just indiscriminately send out Friend Requests? If I don’t recognize the name, we have no friends in common, aren’t frequenting the same boards… what in hellfire makes you think I am going to allow you into my cyber-life Circle? If you think we do know each other, something like “Hey Annie! We went to “X” school together/ worked at “X company” together! How have you been?” might go a long way in me even answering a message from you.
Things like Twitter are a little different. You can follow whoever you want. You start acting like a stalker, and they can block you. I’m not sure you can block people from following you on FB for that; I know they can be kicked out of closed groups.
Speaking of groups. Most group pages are set up for specific reasons: fans of a given individual/movie/show/toy line…. Yes, we do also sometimes share bits and pieces of our lives that don’t revolve around that, but what the hell would make someone think a page dedicated to pets/nature would be a good place to try to pick up a date? You get that interested in another poster, take it to Messager! The rest of us don’t want to know your vital stats, sex preferences, or the color of your panties! Have some respect for yourself and everyone else, would you?
Sharing articles, videos, etc… make sure they are appropriate to the page, the age group, and factual. I detest child and animal abuse, too… but I am in the USA, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about a video shot in Spain of someone hanging puppies. We got enough problems here that we CAN do something about. FOCUS!
KEEP IT CIVIL! The more people you interact with online, the more people whose views you aren’t going to agree with. Such is life. Stick to the facts in a disagreement; asking for credentials is one thing: calling someone a flaming moron just because you don’t agree with them makes you look worse than the person you’re attacking, usually.
Unless it’s a troll. As far as I am concerned, it’s Open Season on Internet Trolls year round. SIC’EM!