A friend says, “Don’t seek advice from someone who is more messed up than you.” We all chuckle at that, but boy do we see it on social media.
I’ve got to avoid that rabbit hole. I go in to a forum thinking I can offer my professional advice, but only to be confronted by social media addicts who vehemently attack anyone who offers advice that deviates from theirs.
Some of you may not have seen this, but let’s keep it generic… let’s say you go in to a forum or group and some says, “I need some legal advice.”
The logic and appropriate answer is, “Go see an attorney.”
But, when you suggest the person go see an attorney there is always some fool who says, “I went through this. You don’t need an attorney. You just need to do A… B… and C…”
I think to myself, “Wow, I hope this person doesn’t listen to him.”
I end up playing the fool too because I respond back saying, “Oh, she they do need and attorney because if this goes bad they can end up losing a lot of money,” and the next thing I know it I’m being read the riot-act, la-tee-dah-tee-dah.
The good that has come out of this is this…
In stead of leaving my Facebook page open and while waiting for files to copy look to see what new messages demand my attention, I’m going to create a Facebook check list. Further more, it will have a specific time assigned each day. No responding to the village idiot who advices people they don’t need an attorney for legal matters. I do my check list (which is there to boost my web page SEOs, and get off before the timer goes off.)
I also realized I can post directly from my blogs without having to interact with Facebook. And, for my SEO related posts, I can set them up in advance, so scheduling stuff can be a breeze.
Empathy can be a curse in this social media world. It’s like having teenagers at home who think they know better than mom and dad. The problem is, they are crawling the Internet and some of them are old enough to have teenage children and should know better.
Facebook is great for keeping in touch with old friends and distance family members, but when it comes to forums and groups, there needs to be some controls in order for them to function properly. I was in one group dedicated to a specific brand of camera. Someone posted a question about what lens to buy for that brand of camera and the group administrator said the question was not suited for that forum. While I am all for controls on the group, the controls also have to make sense. (Which this one didn’t.)
The biggest problem in such groups and forums is this…
You simply don’t know who you are dealing with. For example, say you join a forum for car waxing. In that forum, someone tells you to use Comet on your car before you wax it. (Okay, most of us know Comet will scratch the paint on your car.) But, you figure these folks are experts, so you go and use Comet on your car. In the end, you’re car is scratched and some obnoxious teenage boy is sitting laughing saying, “He went for it.”
It’s too bad many of these groups and forums don’t screen people. I asked to join one that actually did. They asked for my web site url, and a short biography. Perhaps many should ask for some sort of qualifying information.
I went to mow the lawn today and the mower broke down. I ended up having Macedon Auto come tow the tractor to their shop. I’m really not impressed with my Cub Cadet. When it comes time to replace it, I probably won’t get another one.