So you will have to excuse me if I am not in the best of moods when it starts to rain even though my adopted country’s concrete and asphalt roads don’t get muddy and the only thing to fear while out and about is flash flooding. There are no damp odors emanating from clothes or bedding. No traffic jams to navigate through, no potholes to jump over, not even open drains for the kid to float his paper boat in. The only redeeming feature of the rainy season in India is the sweet, earthy smell that we fondly call gili mitti ki mahak (smell of wet dust). But I am denied that in the land of concrete and grass lawns, perhaps because I prefer to stay indoors when it pours and curse and rant about the bounty of water falling outside my window.
This brings us to the fb rant that has been long time coming. Over the years, I have added and then edited, deleted and hidden from view friends, bloggers, and relatives for various reasons some of which are listed below. And on gloomy days like today, I still manage to get irritated because people constantly find new ways to up the ante.The game fan: I played Lexulous, the fb version of scrabble, for a couple of months with a vengeance. I was hooked on it all the time. So believe me when I say, I understand why you play Farmville, Mafia Wars and other assorted games. Just don’t inflict your friends with imaginary acquisitions of sheeps, horses and planting of crops. Go work on a farm instead of bragging about that fictional crop you harvested. And please do not feel obligated to announce your general knowledge quiz score. That is just sad.
The “I have 400+ friends on fb dude and I don’t remember if we were friends before you unfriended me so I am sending you another friend request”: Yes, we know you like ‘friending’ people for personal glory. I just won’t be the one that tips your friend count from 499 to 500.
The You Tube linker: We all love a good tune but not all of us have the time to listen to ten songs you post on your wall every other day. Spare us your refined taste in music and stop cluttering our walls.
The quotable quotes person: A long time ago, when I used to work in a small office, our bosses’ sanctimonious secretary used to send out thought of the day to the rest of us. All we did with them was snicker behind her back and smiled politely at her when asked if we read it. She never got the message but I hope you have.
The religious, the political and the dietary fanatic: I do not care what your religious, political or dietary preferences are. Do not ask me to forward, subscribe or endorse your belief system by sharing them on my wall. On the same note, I have blocked or hidden some of your posts if they contain graphic pictures, misleading photographs or poorly sourced articles intended to sway me in your direction. It does not make me appreciate you or your cause. It just makes me think of you as a bully who deserves to be ignored. You are entitled to post what you wish on your wall. I am entitled to complain about it and block it on my wall.
Cryptic word of the day: If you have something to say, just say it. Don’t make people guess it by sighing on your wall (*sigh*), posting colon and two close ended brackets for a smile or a ‘Yay’.The juvenile, delinquent language users: My nephews, nieces and younger cousins in their teens substitute the word ‘da’ for ‘the’ and continue other sordid trangressions on the English language even when there is no word limit or messaging restriction on fb. I wince and bear it because I realize they think it is cool and hip to write that way, they are young and they don’t know any better. But there is no excuse if you are an adult who does not comprehend what the problem is when corrected.
The ‘Like’ button err…. liker: Yes, I know it is hard to comment on just about every post your 300+ friends post every day. You do not have to show your presence by hitting the ‘like’ button every time, all the time. To me that is just a shallow gesture to register your presence. I would rather have your thoughtful comment once in a blue moon. That is not to say I do not hit the ‘like’ button occasionally. I do when I am in hurry or when words cannot express how much I liked that particular status.
Kale in color.
That my friends, is my short list of things I have been complaining to my friends on fb for a while. Since I was in danger of being unfriended by them, I decided to vent out on DSM and save the few friends I have left. Do you have a rant about the social media you would like to share? Feel free to do so in the comments below or write a post and let me know. I will add your link to my post below. It feels good to let it all out. I know I feel good, even though it is still a gloomy, wet day.