I decided to end it. After six years since our first encounter, our relationship had grown far too personal. Oh don’t get me wrong; I did not cross the line with any one person. I crossed the line with one thing: Facebook. Or perhaps I should say Facebook crossed the line with me when mere acquaintances started knowing far too much about my personal life through my posts and pictures. Still, in Facebook’s defense, the issues in our relationship travel a two way street, given that my list of friends exceeds 1,000. But since I can no longer discern whether Facebook has an inappropriate relationship with me, or vise-versa, I will remove my personal page and replace it with one a little more professional in order to allow Facebook to witness more of my relationship with Christ than my daily relationships with friends and family. My hope is that my mere acquaintances will start talking more about my most recent blog post than my most recent vacation. After all, if Facebook in itself is an avenue for eMinistry, then perhaps I have failed my friends by not simply pointing them to Christ, but by filling their news feeds with fluff.
So I am announcing that I have decided to strictly have a fan page on Facebook to bring more attention to my life as a writer who writes about my thoughts on God and life. My plan to implement a more purpose driven page will take place in stages over the next couple of weeks:
- I will invite each of my Facebook friends to join my fan page along with a note saying, “I’m glad we’ve been Facebook friends, but I’m closing out my personal page to open a fan page for myself as a writer. Please check it out and hit the like button! Thanks!” Just go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leaha-Shaikh/181808788595760
- I will transfer my blog posts to twitter and to my new Facebook fan page through www.twitterfeed.com. I will also tweet about this change.
- Once my friends have all been notified, I will close out my existing Facebook account.