Playing tag on Facebook

What the hell does that mean?


I’m officially a Facebook expert.

In the past few weeks, my Friend List has quadrupled in length. Meaning, I now have eight friends. Uh, including my brother. And my cousin. My aunt Diana. And my mom.

I’ve had a Facebook account for about a year now, and initially I could count all my friends on one hand.

At one point, I could count them all on one finger.

And that one friend? She closed her account. When I clicked on my name, it would say, “Scott Dobson-Mitchell has no friends.”

It was like Facebook was calling me a loser.

Of course, there is an advantage to having only eight friends on Facebook: catching up with everyone takes about 2 seconds.

I was kind of intimidated, even in awe, when I saw how many friends other people have. The more friends you have, the more popular you are, right? One person I noticed has 289 friends. My Aunt Diana has over 400. Another person has 758 friends.

Which is 750 more than I have.

Facebook has taught me something about myself. I’m even worse with computers than I thought I was. I’m not one of those people who can intuitively figure out a new program or website, mastering all the intricate subtleties and maximizing my efficiency within minutes.

According to my Facebook page, I graduated from a high school in Vermont. In 1982. I’m not sure where I went wrong. And I don’t know how to fix it.

The problem is, there are too many options. I can send someone a message. Or share a comment. Or post on my wall. Or post on their wall. Or give status updates.

And apparently I’ve been tagged.

Does that mean I’m IT?


Playing tag on Facebook

  1. Good luck getting into journalism if you’re that out of touch.

  2. Ugh. I honestly WISH I had 8 friends on Facebook. I have damn-near 400 and I only talk to a handful of them. And the quiz results that these people I don’t care about or even know? They come up on my page. ALL THE TIME.

    Do not feel like a loser for having only a few Facebook friends. Feel blessed. And proud.

  3. I’m baaaack

  4. Thanks Jill (So who are these 400 people who snuck up on you?)

    And Vicki? I can’t tell you how thrilled I am :)


  5. That was hilarious! Most of the people with hundreds of friends on facebook really only have a handful of friends anyway. Walk proud!!
    Heh..Love your blog…

  6. Definitely don’t get pulled into having a lot of friends on Facebook! I deleted my original one that had like 300 “friends” and now have a new one with just 30 actual real-life friends. Aaah…