When Facebook Really Isn’t Yours Anymore

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.

Cherished Friends

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.

Anthony

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”

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dick Kennedy on June 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    To the point and Respectful that’s You , I like that about you and truthfully, most of my friends are and it’s the way it should be, your Friend Dick🍀

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  2. Posted by Mary Hynes on June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Good afternoon. When I asked to be your friend on FB you said yes. I liked you on channel eight. Having read many of your postings I feel like you are a very caring and loving person. I grieved with you when Miss Abba passed. Loved that you and Ray got married and are raising a beautiful daughter. I did meet your sister one night when we were out for dinner she is so sweet. Keep posting the things that you want to share. Your thoughts are to the point and honest. They can even be silly at times. Happy to be your FB friend maybe we will meet someday. Mary.

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  3. Posted by Diane O'Bryan on June 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    very well put! I get so mad people trying to tell me what I can and can not say on my Facebook page.
    I’m no public figure and I don’t post pics of myself half or fully naked, I don’t do fish face selfies, I’m just me! Take me or leave me I am who I am and nobody controls what I say or do! I love you my Facebook friend!

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  4. Posted by Daral Beach on June 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Anthony:
    I always look forward to your blogs, pictures, music. You have a great sense of humor, a great professional sense, and a great life. Keep it up!!!
    Darla

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  5. I read your comments and look at your pictures … all your posts are friendly and polite .. would really miss you if you quit Facebook ..

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  6. Posted by Rose Hershberger on June 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Very well said Anthony!

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  7. I appreciate that you’re willing to share your life with us. I’ve reveled with you in the highs, and been sad for you in the lows. The fact that you’re willing to put those things out there for us, even though you’re a public figure, makes me like you even more. You’re always respectful to opinions that differ from yours, and I’d say that even if I didn’t almost always agree with you! And I love that you take the time to wish me Happy Birthday every year. (It’s the little things!) Keep doing what you’re doing—you’re good at it. 🙂

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