Social media has certainly changed life in the short span that it has been around. The effect of social media on our lives has become so profound that it has influenced and shaped the way that we form relationships with other people. It is certainly intriguing how it changed the way we categorize our relationships, with social media we went from having close and not so close friend to having a multitude of categories and bands of friends to manage and deal with in drastically different ways and certainly added a major complexity to our social life.
The New Friends
Some of those “new friends” on the block have became so ubiquitous that people are creating labels to describe them …
1. The Facebook-Only Friend
In the past, this person was an acquaintance, he was always in the background you probably have never talked directly to each other before Facebook. But once you have befriended them on Facebook, you were amused by their online persona and how they interacted with their friends and you were intrigued enough to meet them in real life …. BIG mistake! because after 30 seconds of meeting them you realize that you can’t stand them at all but you are still amused by their online presence.
2. The Mega Friend
That’s the person who seems to be everyone’s mutual friend; he is commenting on everyone’s updates and posts and just seems all over the place on Facebook. He’s the person that has so many friends that he has maxed out one account (2,000 friends) and has created a second one so that he’s able to add more and more friends and probably is flagged and blocked by Facebook for being a spammer. He’s the “go to person” to get the word out about anything though and that’s why you keep him around.
3. The UnFriend
These are your co-workers, family members, the cousins and in generally everyone that you force yourself to be civil to real in life. When they ask you for your Facebook and add you, you can’t bring yourself to reject them or limit their profiles because it will cause more trouble than it’s worth so you will have to bear with their comments and criticism of everything you do on Facebook… in real life.
4. The Avoid-a-Friend
It’s the ex that you want to keep tabs on, or the one friend that pissed you off during last week’s party and you can’t stand seeing. What ever the reason, the reality is that you rather not see them in real life and that’s why you have them on Facebook and Foursquare. The Avoidr application for Fouresquare allows you to create an avoid list so that you won’t be seen in places that they checked in from.
5. The Newscaster Friend
He’s the Tweep that has the latest and most interesting links. He’s the one that has the latest news updates on his Facebook and joins every campaign and cause that exists in the world. If you want an overview of any issue, he’s the one that you turn to. Sadly, his reliability in this area means he has no life outside of his obsession which makes him a single purpose character in your life, albeit a useful one.
Do any of your social media friends fall into any of the categories? Are there any other archetypes that you would like to add?
Which type of Facebook friends are YOU?
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