BOSTON, August 3, 2012 — If you are reading this column, there’s a 99.9 percent chance that you have a Twitter account, a Facebook account or both. Both are useful, fun, and can become an important part of your company, your website or your daily life.
But what do you do when the unthinkable happens? When a friend, co-worker, celebrity or relative unfollows you or unfriends you? What about when the roles are reversed? What do you do when someone gets too attached and “weird” with you online? What do you do when your online pal posts 45 tweets in a row about their favorite shoes?
We’ve all been there. Hold my hand and let’s try to get through this together. Before social media, there was always a cloudy area when it came to ending a friendship.
With social media, it’s quick, to the point and can be brutal if you don’t see it coming. BOOM. “What? I can’t send a message to the ex-girlfriend of my friend? She unfriended me? But… but… we got along! We laughed! She liked my cat video!”
Dude. Get over it. It’s clear she didn’t really like you.
“What? That celebrity who thought I was funny and told me that she loved me unfollowed me? But… but she retweeted my inspirational quotes! She sent me direct messages thanking me for my support. I thought we were friends!”
Dude. It happened. It sucks. Move on.
Long story short, if someone unfollows you on Twitter or unfriends you on Facebook, act like an adult. Don’t cry publicly online in front of your social media buddies. Nobody wants to be social media pals with a whiner.
What do you do if your Mom unfriends you on Facebook? Umm, there’s no easy answer. Maybe you shouldn’t have posted those semi-nude photos or talked about your love of marijuana.
What do you do when the shoe is on the other foot? You’re a woman and that sweet guy online starts sending you direct messages every day asking for pictures of your feet. Oh dear. Or an online pal won’t stop sending you direct messages complaining about their husband or wife.
What do you do? Cut the cord. If things get weird, don’t worry about hurting someone’s feelings. Be honest and kind, but direct.
You can simply unfriend or unfollow without an explanation. Or if you’d like, a kind and short message explaining why you are cutting the cord will do the trick.
Okay, you can let go of my hand now. Seriously. Let go. I’m not kidding. Don’t make me unfollow you!!
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