I’ve started this blog post several times and talked myself out of it each time. Fact is, I like Facebook and I believe in free speech. However, I unfriend people regularly and today, for what it’s worth, I’m going to explain why.
First, I don’t want to see disturbing images in my timeline. You don’t get to force me to engage with the evil and unspeakable sadness in the world. If you feel you must enlighten me, show some common courtesy and use a link with a warning.
Second, I have my own spiritual beliefs, which I don’t wave in your face. I understand that your beliefs are important to you but you need to understand that some of us see evangelism as inherently disrespectful of the beliefs others hold. While we’re at it, I don’t need self-help advice either. You’re not being helpful; you’re being presumptuous.
Third, I don’t want to see crude language. By that I mean vulgarity, profanity, or disrespect toward others. I’ll admit that I’m also bugged by really bad writing, but I seldom unfriend someone for that.
Last, I don’t want you to try to sell me something or promote yourself. I find this equally offensive in Twitter, and to some extent, LinkedIn. There are other places where selling is appropriate.
Okay, now for what I enjoy on Facebook. I enjoy short updates on what you’re doing. I enjoy jokes and cute kids and amazing animals and offbeat news stories. The vast majority of posts I just skip over. They don’t interest me but they don’t offend me, either. I’m perfectly okay with that.
That’s it. I feel better somehow for sharing. By the way, you might notice that I published this little rant on my blog rather than Facebook. You came here because you were interested in my opinion. I didn’t jam it down your throat along with images you can’t unsee. Just saying.
PS Almost forgot. If your Facebook post isn’t in English, I will unfriend you. No offense.