Social skills for autonomous people: Things I think I know about Facebook


Facebook is difficult to do right because it’s a new form of interaction, and it keeps changing. it’s a weird new ambiguous social space. There aren’t clear rules for it, and it’s messing up some social rules that used to exist.

So there isn’t really one right approach. But here are some…

And for those people who you’re obliged to be “"friends”“ with who you don’t really want responding to your statuses, (eg. ‘I’ve got a spare ticket to this gig, who wants it’… oh god not you), make them "Acquaintances”. Go to your friends list, hover of the box that says 'Friends’, and select 'Acquaintances’ from the drop down menu. Then change the privacy setting for your statuses to 'Friends except acquaintances’. There, much better.