There are about 1.44 billion Facebook pages worldwide. The site was launched in early 2004 and was made public in late 2006.
My first social media involvement was with Myspace (RIP) and I didn’t join the world of Facebook until early 2009.
I have to say that, for the most part, my six-years-plus on the site has been enjoyable and I’ve met some amazing people. On the other hand, I’ve encountered some that are certifiable!
While most on Facebook can pretty much post whatever they want, I have to walk a fine line.
Being a public figure as an on-air television meteorologist, I have to “filter” what I say. It’s not to say that I won’t post my thoughts or share my life, but I have to think, “would that be unprofessional or offensive?”
On Facebook, some of you may only have family and friends that you “friend” and some will friend just about anyone, even spambots.
When I joined Facebook, I didn’t make a personal “Anthony Peoples” page and a professional page. If someone knew me from television, I would “friend” them if they sent a request once I realized it wasn’t spam and they were real.
Most of the people who I’m friends with rarely comment on my posts.
As much as I enjoy expressing myself on Facebook and in my personal blog (“What Is Peeps Thinking About Now?), which rarely gets new posts from me because I don’t have the time, it’s becomes a little frustrating at times.
People think that if it’s on Facebook, they have the right to say whatever they want. You can argue that either way. Yes, it becomes public, so you have freedom of speech.
However, on the other hand, it’s still a personal page with a real person – a human with feelings (hopefully) – behind it.
As a Facebook friend, you’ve taken the time to watch me on television and to get to know me personally online and I appreciate that.
I make it a point to wish every one of you a “Happy Birthday” on your special day and I try to respond to every comment and question even if it’s just a “like” to show you that I read your comment.
But, I want to establish a couple of guidelines here.
Since you’re a Facebook friend or you read my blog, you definitely have a right to agree or, God forbid, disagree with me.
I’ve posted a “Hillary 2016” picture, I said Governor Rick Perry was an idiot for calling the deadly shooting tragedy in South Carolina an “accident”, I shared a picture of blood on my finger when I cut myself on the sink, I probably post too many Madonna music updates and videos, and I’ve joked about the crazy weather causing me to work overtime.
Those are just some of the things that come to mind when I think of people overstepping the boundaries with their posts or hi-jacking of my page.
You can definitely disagree with me with a comment or two, but don’t write a manifesto. Do that on your page or write a blog. It’s free and simple!
If you post something on your own page that I really feel I have to respond to, I might say I disagree and move on.
And, finally, please don’t tell me what I should and should not say or post on my page. It’s still my page. I can and do separate work and personal thoughts.
For the record, I love my job. I’m grateful for it and to be able to do what I’ve wanted since I was a kid. But, I love my time off and I won’t sugar coat things and say what you want me to say.
I know others may not be as fortunate. Some of you work multiple jobs, crazy hours, and have very little time off to make ends meet.
My mother worked in a hot, very physical demanding job until the day she died in 1990 making a depressing $3.80 an hour just to provide for me and my sister.
So, I know where I stand in life, professionally and personally.
I hope this clarifies my policy for being for friend on Facebook. I hope you can live with that.
If not, I won’t cry if you “unfriend” me. We can have a professional relationship if you only watch me on television when I give you your forecast or we can share our lives together on Facebook, too, respectfully.
P.S. I’m not “Joan of Arc” either. The words of this song basically says a lot of what I just wrote, just more eloquently and stunningly beautiful. And, yes, it’s that damn Madonna again!
And, if you don’t watch the video, here’s the cliff notes:
“I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
But I’m in the dark, yeah
I can’t be a superhero right now
Even hearts made out of steel can break down
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
I’m only human
Anything they did to me, said to me
Doesn’t mean a thing cause you’re here with me now
Even when the world turns its back on me
There could be a war but I’m not going down”
“Joan of Arc” — lyrics and music by Madonna, McDonald, Gad, and Griffin Jr. from “Rebel Heart”