It's a wonderful thing, isn't it? With the click of a button I can keep up to date with everyone I've ever met in the history of the world. Ever.
And I really do keep up with everyone I've ever met ever. There's a mental checklist I go through as I scroll through my friends list, and I was sad to see one of my best friends from high school hadn't updated in a while.
Then, she followed me on twitter, and I was thrilled! I @messaged her right away, only to have her promptly unfollow me.
I've been dumped, ladies and gentlemen.
Dumped, I tell you, and I don't know why.
She's not the first, either. And surely not the only person I've ever unceremoniously crossed off my friends list without a second thought. I do admit, my feelings are slightly hurt, I absolutely did love this person, and part of me wants to go into intense cyber stalking mode and track her down and find out what the heck I did wrong. Is it the politics? Am I boring? Do I over-share? I do, don't I?
I'll forebear. No cyber-stalking for me.
Maybe we've just outgrown each other, a phenomenon that would have have happened naturally without the advent of facebook and twitter. Twenty Five years ago (this number has grown exponentially since I started typing it..first it was ten, then twenty...I'm SO old.) there was no way to locate someone on the internet.
Now, we can locate them, and love them, or hate them, or tolerate them for the rest of our lives if we so choose. Is it healthy? Who knows!
It gave me a kind of sadness that was easily nursed with a bowl of homemade chocolate pudding, and a rambling sent out to the universe blog post. I really did like her.
Things were easier before all this social media stuff, weren't they?