My recent decision to leave Facebook was an easy one. Apparently, some people have "withdrawals" and go into a state of depression because they miss the interaction so much. Me? Not the case. I had a total of 37 friends comprised in the following categories: 3 people I wish to speak to on a daily basis, 2 siblings, 6 people I know through Dilbertland, 21 people I knew through high school a million years ago and haven't spoke to or seen since, 4 cyber characters that I have absolutely no idea why they "friended" (is there such a word?) me, and the remaining one being The Green Comic.
Green mentioned both directly to me yesterday and made a comment on this forum earlier that he wished I would reinstate my membership as apparently no one is paying him any attention. At this point, even negative attention from me is something he values and craves. My occasional gentle reminders on Facebook to behave and act appropriately would be constantly met with his signature "HEY PAL!" greeting and then followed with some type of misspelled insult which I always found difficult to pay any attention over. Still, he is one of our own and everyone needs a lift once in a while. I thought I would make a quick log-in, boost the pity factor on his own wall, and bail out once again.
Anyways, I tried to log back in yesterday and repeatedly got the message that my email address was no longer tied to any Facebook account. I contacted the Facebook help desk and was informed that Green's account had been placed on a "Stupidity Watch" resulting in any present and past emails accounts of persons friended by the Green One were now subject to review, evaluation, and possible termination for the protection of Facebook's own reputation of relevancy. Apparently, they recognize idiocy as well and want no part of it at their site.
I wish we at FTI had some type of process to deal with idiocy appropriately. Facebook is so large they can cover it by having so many members that it can be hidden. Our small organization does not have that luxury. As it stands now, we can identify and recognize it, we just can't avoid it. I guess I will just ignore it and get back to tending my crops at Farmville.