Hello from the SITCOM ROOM where everyone is having way more fun than in Robert McKee's class.
Meanwhile, I've been subjected lately to the heartache and horror of “Social Network Rejection”.
You might suffer this too. I’ll check my Twitter page and see two or
three people have unsubscribed. And I wonder – hey, what did I do?
Did saying something nice about Patty Heaton cause you to leave? Did
you think to yourself, “Jesus, if I see one more goddamn post about CHEERS
I’m going to scream”? After a couple of months did you just realize
I'm not the Ken Levine who created BIOSHOCK? Did I misspell just too
many words for you? What???
I accept the fact that readers come and go, but still – there’s a tiny part of me that wonders, “should I take this personally?”
Do you feel this way too?
you see that four friends have dropped you from Facebook and think,
“Gee, sorry I’m not interesting enough for you.” Your next reaction is
usually “screw you” but you still wonder… did they drop you but keep
Heather who tweets every time she coughs up phlegm?
I mean, face
it, we all drop other people. If someone wants me to join 72 causes I
usually dump them by cause 20. I used to follow a certain baseball
beat writer because I like his writing. Then I started getting a
hundred updates a day on the Kansas City Royals. I couldn’t unsubscribe
People drop former romantic partners; that I
understand. But other people FIND OUT they’re being a dropped by
reading Facebook. When your girlfriend’s status goes from “in a relationship” to “single”, well, there’s now 51 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
point is, there’s usually a reason. Enough of a reason that you’re
willing to seek out the unsubscribe icon and click on it. Not saying
the people you purge from your life are not lovely but there’s something
about them that clearly bugs the shit out of you.
even greater personal rejection, is when you ask to befriend someone –
someone you KNOW, someone who IS a friend in real life – and they ignore
or reject you. You’re not asking them to donate a kidney, you’re
asking to add your little picture icon to their friends page. This
can be particularly painful when members of your immediate family dump
your sorry ass.
I'm in a weird Facebook situation in that they say I have too many friends and I can't add any more without dropping people. Well, I don't want to just drop people. Again, what did they do other than show interest in me? I'm told I can start a "fan" page but come on. I'm a writer, not an actor. Isn't it a little egotistical to start a "fan" page for yourself?
Maybe I’m just being too sensitive. I’d start a Facebook Group – “Coping with Social Network Rejection” but what if no one signs up?
And don't even get me started on "LIKE"...