Friendship in the Time of Facebook

Inspired by Beck (and with apologies to Arnold S. Lobel), I wondered what Frog and Toad’s relationship would be like if they had Facebook.

The Facebook status of Frog and Toad as Frog tries to wake Toad in the spring

I have taken the liberties in updating the Frog and Toad story to today’s society. Thus, the story ends a little more abruptly than it does in the book.

Toad's unfriending Frog on Facebook.

My suggestion to FB is that they should not let you unfriend someone so easily. If you do say you want to unfriend someone, FB should tell you to talk to them and work out whatever is bothering you. A cooling-off period, perhaps.

Likewise, FB should have different levels. Right now, everyone is a friend. You shouldn’t be able to call someone a Friend so easily. You should have Acquaintances and Friends – two different categories. Acquaintances could come and go, but Friends could not.

Of course, I’m not a FB user, so I won’t notice if they change their friending policies. But I do hope that people don’t treat other people the same way in real life as they do on Facebook. Because the friends in Facebook are just names on the computer screen, not real people, right?

A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24

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7 Responses to “Friendship in the Time of Facebook”

  1. Burrill Says:

    I don’t typically condone leaving comments that just say “this is AWESOME,” but this is worth an exception.

    This is AWESOME.

  2. Some Guy Says:

    I won’t worry about you unless you start leaving comments such as “First!”

  3. Burrill Says:

    Third!

  4. Charity Says:

    Fourth! First girl! Older than you two! Sorry, got caried away. But I do agree with Boo that this was awesome. And I love the frog and toad books. And that’s one reason I don’t like facebook. You can’t really call all those people “friends” can you?

  5. Julie Says:

    Absolutely brilliant. And profound. Loved it!

  6. Beck Says:

    YES. Exactly. And not just because it was inspired by me. I wrote about Facebook last night, actually, but I like your post more.

  7. Some Guy Says:

    Wow, a comment by an award-winning blogger! Thanks for stopping by, Beck.

    It was your Halloween series of stories that inspired me . . . specifically the lack of a Frog and Toad entry, which, given your blog title, was glaring. Rather than complain about it, I decided to remedy it by writing my own post (albeit not related to Halloween and a few months late).

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