It’s that time of the week again, where we can all sit back, take a load off, and discuss that thing that’s been raising your blood pressure all week. It’s time for Mad About It Mondays! Don’t forget to link up with me (details at the bottom).
I have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with Facebook but because I’ve got friends and family across the globe, it makes sense to keep it. Add to that the fact that I am a self-professed Facebook addict without a 12-step recovery program to attend, and I’m hooked. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t find certain things irritating. Today, I want to talk about one of those things…combined accounts.
I’ve been Facebook friends with someone for nearly four years and I didn’t realize until yesterday (YESTERDAY!) that he had a combined account with his wife. You might be asking yourself how it is that I didn’t notice that until now…I’m not absent-minded and I pay attention to detail but he was as sneaky as it gets with his account. Most people who account share have something that looks like this:
Person and Person Last Name
Person n’ Person Last Name
Person-Person Last Name
Person~and~Person Last Name
He’s different, though, because I was running under the assumption that the name in between his first and his last on Facebook was his middle name. Because, you know, people have middle names. It wasn’t until he posted a status using her name that I even realized what was going on.
My question is this: Why would you Facebook share? It’s not that hard to get your own account and, guess what, it’s free! I get that sometimes it might be easier to Facebook share when you’ve got pictures of your kids or if you’re an elderly couple who doesn’t really know how to use the internet but certainly you’ve got friends of your own that you’d like to keep in touch with, right?!
What bothers me about combined Facebook accounts is that you’re only able to put one set of information on your account (birthday, gender, education background, etc) so one person always ends up losing their “identity” on Facebook. It’s weird.
Here’s the thing…you want to have a combined account with your significant other? Fine. People might think that’s strange but it’s your prerogative. If you’re going to combine accounts, you should at least let people KNOW that you’ve got one. I’ll step off my soapbox now and give someone else a turn…who’s ready to link up!? Ready….set….GO!