I have a Facebook account and I use it regularly. I have moved many times in my life, therefore I have now many friends in places I am not anymore. Facebook is an easy way to stay in contact with them and see their families grow.
However, I do not update on everything I do and experience. I might not even update for days. I do not upload thousands of pictures. I do not play games on it. And I do not ever poke people.
Also, I do not understand people who have 600 or 700 friends on Facebook, or even more. How can you be friends with that many people at once? There is no way you can give each and every one of them the amount of attention they deserve to be called a friend. All you can do is maybe see a snapshot of their lives every once in a while in your timeline. Hi, like, bye.
A friend, in my book, is someone who doesn’t mind if I show up at their door at 3 am with a problem. Someone who will take time for me and is honest and straight forward in their approach. I am willing to be that friend to my friends as well.
As for repeated game invites. If I don’t respond to the first 15, maybe you should take note and not send me the 16th? The same goes to birthday calendar requests. I can see your birthday anyway and you can see mine. Also, what is poking good for? It does not carry any message or meaning, apart from ‘I am annoying.’ Who would want to come across as such? It is the epitome of a missed chance of communication. If you want to talk with me, write a message. Even better, write a letter, call me, come by.
In all this effortless social networking, I appreciate it so much more, if people take the time and take the effort to really connect. It might be through a FB message, or chat; it might be through a skype call or chat; it might be through a response video. Please, just make sure that your connection has the effort of a full blown meal, instead of a left over fast food chicken nugget.