Like many people, I love facebook. It’s great for connecting and re-connecting with friends, Fox Chicago viewers, former classmates and all sorts of people. But I have a friendly dilemma. I currently have 4,933 friends – not as many as many others but enough to start dreading the facebook limit of 5,000.
Morning anchor Jan Jeffcoat put it plainly, “Once you reach the limit, you’re screwed! You can start a fan page but it’s not the same.” Indeed, fan pages seem narcissistic and pretentious – and they don’t allow for the same kind of interaction as profile pages. Other television news friends have told me to just start another facebook account under another name.
When I ran into a facebook executive at an event over the summer, I asked him about the friend limit. He urged me to start a fan page as I urged him to lift the limit. He later emailed to say, “Right now we will not allow users to exceed 5k friends. In the future you will be able to move your friends over to your fan page. Sorry.”
Perhaps that’s why I’m spending more time making friends over on twitter. While tweets are limited to 140 characters, I can have an unlimited number of friends. At times, I feel I can use as many as I can get!