Having countless new friends, I'm popular for the first time. I can even namedrop. I'm friends with former Gov. Bob Wise, the venerable Ken Hechler, meteorologists Tony Cavalier, Doug Harlow and one more. I've forgotten his name, but we're still friends.
All my newfound friends have two faces - actually, three faces. As is true of everyone, they each have a public face and a private face, but each also has a Facebook face or a profile. I have friends I've never met. When they sent emails asking me to be their friend, I didn't have the heart to refuse. Rejections are so rude.
Not all is fabulous in Facebook paradise, though. Yesterday, I was unfriended by three persons. Astonished, my husband said, "Who unfriended you?"
"Beats me, Bill. I probably didn't know them anyway. They were just friends."
As you can see, we're doing the same injustice to the word "friend" that we've done to "issue." We're tossing it around as if it means nothing, and on Facebook, "friend" means nothing. I'm not the only one who's been unfriended or unfollowed. You gotta love the jargon.
One father wrote that his teenagers had unfriended their mother and him. In a snit, the mother unfriended them. The parents were both on Facebook when the father wrote he was happily married one minute and - beep - he was single the next. His wife had changed her settings.
Two waitresses told me they were Facebook users so they could keep tabs on their kids. Another said she was on Facebook because she was nosy. She quickly said, "I'm kidding." Regardless of the reasons they use Facebook, they should watch those snits and keys lest they find themselves mateless.
Love it or hate it, Facebook's here to stay. According to Facebook, Inc., the site had 1 million users at the end of 2004. Eight years later, that number had increased to a whopping 1.06 billion users. Approximately one-seventh of the world's population is now on Facebook, and like our national debt, that number is growing fast.
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