Sunday, January 3, 2010
With Facebook -- and once upon a time, Myspace -- being a social networking mecca (sorry Clark), it would seem that Classmates.com would realize that if people don't have to pay to reconnect, they won't. Yet, this morning I received a notification that someone had signed my guestbook. I clicked the link only to find that the person's identity was blocked and their image fuzzed over like those you see on COPS. If I wanted to see who, what, where, when and why I need to dole out the cash. No thanks.
What I also discovered about that website (when I was foolish to pay) is that you can't include email addresses or websites (such as a personal web log) in your correspondence. Seriously! If you communicate with a person who is not a paying gold member you're not allowed to give them your email address to cut out the middle man. I also find the site quite irritating to navigate. There ought to be real perks to anteing up money for membership to a website. Like, how about making the boy who rejected my invitation to go to Winter Ball by claiming he wasn't going but went stag , to add insult to injury, come to my house and re-grout my shower?
Nearly everyone I know is on Facebook -- even our parents are signing up. Some people choose not to be part of this phenomenon (yes, PK, I'm looking at you). I can dig it. Likewise, I'm one of few people who are not on Twitter. I have to disconnect at some point and I draw the line there. Besides, I couldn't give two-rat's asses about John Mayer or Perez Hilton's goings on. I digress.
Because I use Facebook quite frequently (too often according to an egomaniacal blogger/podcaster) to pimp my blog, get in touch with friends -- replies are often quicker than if sent via email -- I have no use for Classmates.com. That means I took advantage of the unsubscribe feature today. I'd leave a forwarding email address or link to my Facebook profile for those that rely on the site, but that's VERBOTEN! Psh. Once again, I feel relieved of a little more fat in my life. At least it's one less inane email in my yahoo mailbox.