I blog under the name The Luddite Blogger. So let’s just say I’m not usually the first person to know about advances in technology or cool new apps for smart phones (which I do have, by the way).
So when the discussion about Branch Out began on a Facebook Writer’s thread that my in-the-know friend signed me up for, I did what every good clueless technophobe does in the face of a new term, I Googled it.
My first reaction? Dislike. Won’t re-tweet. Am not already a member. Won’t sign in. Not a fan.
As a former (not very good) sales rep, I can say that though throwing all your spaghetti at the wall will certainly make some of it stick, it also might make more of a mess than you originally thought.
I have had the uncomfortable experience of being tricked by Facebook into sending a message to my entire address book inviting them to join up. After which, my sales rep from the kitchen renovation store called me up and said, “Beth, I didn’t know we were that kind of friends.” I’m sure he’s perfectly harmless but still, a little creepy right? While I was fielding this call, it was dawning on me that that same invitation had gone to my husband’s boss, the treasurer of my son’s Cub Scout pack, and the head of customer service at ADT to whom I had recently sent a complaint about their lack of response to my requests for service. I wanted none of them as “that kind of friend” and presumably, the feeling was mutual.
Not long after that, my e-mail inbox was hacked and a message was sent to everyone in my address book to the effect that I was stuck in London without any money. Again, my sales rep, the head of customer service and the treasurer were harassed and asked to e-mail back for wiring instructions so I could be free to fly home. This warranted another call from the sales rep (Me: “No, no we’re still not that kind of friends.”) and this time, interestingly, one from the Cub Scout treasurer saying he had gone so far as to get the wiring instructions before it occurred to him to call me at home to see if I was there.Continued on the next page