[ExI] google buzz

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 03:41:53 UTC 2010

On 11 February 2010 13:31, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org
>> [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of BillK
>> ...
>> Some of them, in turn, might start 'Following' you.
>> This then gets into the Facebook type of etiquette problems.
>> If nobody wants to 'Follow' me should I feel insulted or relieved?
>> If you 'Un-follow' someone, does that make an enemy for life?  :)
>> BillK
> Facebook has a lot of creepy stuff like that, which is why I flatly refused
> to play.  This is ME talking, Mr. Openness, the one with a G rated life and
> few if any former girlfriends.  What bothered me when my wife started using
> it is that you get all these requests from old acquaintances wanting to be
> friends.  Well, in the meat world I never turn away anyone wanting to be
> friends, never.  But in the e-world, you almost need to turn away most of
> these requests, for the lack of time to write.  You might get a bunch of
> people who read your online comments who you never met and are not sure you
> want to.  Then if you say no or ignore their request you feel like a heel.
> These please-be-my-friend people remind me of the Strangers of America:
> http://www.theonion.com/content/news/nations_strangers_decry_negative
> spike

The friending thing is odd, but it's a misnomer. "Will you be my
friend?" should be "Will you agree to form an edge between our nodes?"

As to weird unknown freaks reading your comments... how many years
have you been posting on this list????


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