Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm Your Biggest Fan

Facebook is glorious. As someone who has moved around quite a lot in the past 4 years, Facebook has allowed me to keep in touch and up to date on many of my friends lives that I might otherwise completely lose contact with. For that, Facebook, I thank you.
But, seriously people, what's up with the fan pages?

I have a strong opinion on this, and I'm going to share it with you, but please don't get offended. It is just my little opinion and I'm not looking for a brawl or to hurt anyone's feelings. I think the reason it effects me perhaps more then others is because I have so many actor friends.

I totally understand having a fan page for a project you are involved in. This means if you are in a play, on a TV show, have a webseries, performance group, a contest you are in, charity you are raising money for, etc, I want to be your fan! I want to know what my friends are up to and how I can support them, so I love fan pages for this reason!

On the flip side, if you are in a group that performs only in a state that I do not live in (or country for that matter,) there's not much point of me becoming a fan of your page. I'm sorry, maybe that makes me a jerk, but then I get messages and updates everyday about buying tickets for your show or invitations to functions that I can't attend. And frankly, I hate hitting the "no" button for events I can't attend. I'm Catholic, so I feel guilty. I always feel obligated to write a comment on the event page like, "Sorry! I live in Singapore so I can't make it to see your post apolcalyptic rendition of 'Our Town' in Las Vegas!" I also don't get the fan pages for people's private businesses. I've had requests to become a fan of real estate agents, law firms and electronics repair companies. It just confuses me.

On another note, I don't understand the concept of inviting your real life friends to be a fan of just "you." There are a lot of fan pages that are just for a person and not a project they are involved in. So that when they are on a TV show or have a play you get updates and invites from your friend AND from the fan page. Listen, if we are friends on facebook, just assume I am already your fan. If you have so many out of control fans and you'd like a private page for your "real life friends" and a fan page to keep the crazies out of your personal life, I understand that as well. But then don't ask your "real life friends" to be a fan. We already are! (Hopefully.)

Whew! I'm glad I got that off of my chest. If you promise me you won't send me a request of, "John Smith wants you to become a fan of John Smith," I won't send you a request of, "Erin Muroski wants you to become a fan of Erin Muroski!" Thanks!


  1. I had no idea people became "fans" of each other! That's hilarious! On a sad, related note: my husband just created a facebook page for our dog, Trixie! Even sadder, I can't believe how much I am enjoying it! Sigh. I think I may need to reevaluate my life!!

    Great post, Erin! Thanks!

  2. HAhah, Joan. They actually have "dog book" you know. My best friend has a dog book account linked to her account for her dog. I gave her a lot of crap for that one! I happen to know that her dog is NOT computer efficient.

  3. "I live in Singapore so I can't make it to see your post apolcalyptic rendition of 'Our Town' in Las Vegas!"

    I always thought it was Thornton Wilder's dystopian allegory. Thanks for the confirmation.

  4. haha! You're welcome, Mia! That made me laugh. Thanks for reading my post.

  5. I have a friend from school that owns a hydroponic business that sells equipment and grows vegetables to sell to local restaurants. He has a fan page setup on Facebook or maybe it a group page, (if there is such a thing... lol. As you now I am not an avid Facebook user.). Anyway he claims it is an easy way to stay in touch with customers. They send out newsletters and info on farmers markets that they are going to be at and things like that. So, I guess I can see the value behind businesses sending out deals and info to frequent customers, but why on earth would someone want to become a fan of a real estate agent. I would like to become a fan of people who are not fans of real estate agents.

    Facebook definitely has its place I just think it is misused by many. There is too much information being shared about things that no one, including your friends, cares about.