So – it seems that the “block” function works the way it should on Facebook. Once I list someone by their email address or username – they can’t see anything I post anywhere AND I don’t have to see their inane bullshit (i.e. posts on friends how have them as friends.)
Keep in mind, the recent events of the past fifteen months have left me paranoid about the sudden growth (and rickety sercurity) of social networking on the Internet:
-A close friend of over five years burned bridges with the result of damaging/destroying other relationships in her wake. Then continuing to show up on “the radar” every few months in a unwelcome fashion.
-A local convention owner screaming “lawsuit” as a result of helping a friend with an issue and (legitimately) trying to help the local convention owner to succeed in the fan community.
-Someone reposted comments I made privately on my Facebook onto 4Chan. Said person came clean with the action and has promised to not do it again… and I believe him.
-Discovering a friend who I met through a very close friend was not the person of character I thought him to be for the past years that I knew him… the result causing harm to another friend of mine in the form of unemployment.
Since I started blogging almost eight years ago, I have enjoyed the freedom of sharing my opinions publicly (and oft times privately) with random readers and friends/associates. Common courtesy from people of differing points of view, though, seems dangerously close to becoming extinct the more people forget how to act in the real world.
That said – I took time to block some “special” people on Facebook today… and will open to door for select folks to return (if they want to.)
Let’s see how it goes.