I have Facebook Frankness

Friday, 7 August 2009

"Road rage" occurs in part because you are surrounded by a metal cage and separated from the drivers around you by glass. The feeling of invulnerability I get from a car sometimes makes me behave in a way which I would never normally do. I wondered if the same psychology applied when using social software?


I think I experienced a case of "Facebook Frankness" last week.

I was using the company social software Jive SBS (like Facebook but for the enterprise) when I came across a discussion about the iPod Touch. Now I think the iPod Touch is a pointless device bought only by Apple fan-boys and I said so. I got into a frank exchange of views with an individual who turned out to be the Chief Technical Architect of one of the company's major divisions. To put this in context this is someone way further up the pecking order than me. This is somebody who I would normally be much more respectful towards. On several levels I felt this person didn't know what they were talking about and I told them in a very public way. I had lunch with a colleague today who knows this person and told me that they thought the same about me.

So Facebook Frankness allowed me to make much more aggressive comments than I would if I was talking face to face. Have I burnt my bridges with this individual or strengthened his respect for my honesty? Definitely the former.

I felt protected. I was frustrated. I was honest. I was frank. I didn't know what I was doing, but I did it anyway. I couldn't help myself. I am sorry. No I am not. I am sorry. No I am not. I am sorry. No I am not.

Posted by Robin Yellow at 16:28  

3 comments:

given the chance, i'd buy the beers until i could help you figure it out. your frankness is always welcome :-)

chaosless said...
7 August 2009 at 21:58  

In most scenarios your always right, especially techie related! So i second that, your frankness is always welcome :-)
I thought social Business software were meant for this purpose??? To share and collaborate on information??....But yeah I can still imagine how you must be feeling :-(... oh well..At least ipod touch lovers now know, what the rest of the world thinks of em including me!...:-)

Asad said...
10 August 2009 at 11:57  

Hmm... you started with "Road rage occurs in part because you are surrounded by a metal cage..."

Nope, completely wrong.

Road rage occurs mostly because you are surrounded by idiots!!

Nigel said...
28 January 2010 at 17:42  

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