95Crave morning host, Drew Savage, got engaged over the Christmas holidays and I found out the same way his cousins did – via a Facebook status change.
Hey, it’s the way news is spread. You update your status when you’re going for a job interview, you add some photos when you bring home a new puppy, you invite friends to a housewarming with an event invite when you buy a new home.
For those of us online every day, it’s a socially acceptable way of sharing things – for Drew’s family it wasn’t.
“Some of them seemed genuinely disappointed that this was the way I chose to share the news and that they didn’t get a call personally,” said a shocked Savage.
Drew and Shelley didn’t intend for the status to be the way they spread the news, “we were just changing our profile status,” the couple admits.
When we accept family, friends and colleagues into our Facebook circle, the line between personal and professional is horribly blurred, especially if you’re not careful as to whom you give full profile access.
However, privacy is an issue that seems of dwindling importance for this tech generation. Many have no qualms about sharing anything and everything via various social networks. Still, Facebook faces pressure to tighten the way information is shared. That could be coming in a few weeks when you’ll be able to further sort your friends into circles to help keep personal and professional separate.
For Drew and Shelley now that the cat is out of the bag, do old school engagement announcements need to be sent to settle down the cousins?
Says Savage, “How many different ways do you need to tell the people in your life that you’re getting married?”
In 2008, a Facebook status change will do.
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