Well it's been an interesting 24 hours.
When I embarked on organising my FB friends list yesterday I thought there might be the odd dissenter but as I've been contacting everyone individually to explain what I'm trying to do I didn't think there would any intractable problems.
Out of around 850 friends on my Sandra Morris FB page I estimate that about 75% are miniatures enthusiasts. I know this because when I get a friend request I check mutual friends, and if most of them are also miniatures people, I assume that they are also part of the miniatures community.
However, of that 75%, I only interact with around 10%..... either by regularly reading their blogs or FB feeds, or by email. The rest, aside from their initial friend request, I never have any meaningful communication with.
That's fine. I have no problem with that at all.
However, I do have a FB business page, which is dedicated entirely to what I do every day workwise..... designing and creating miniature toys and dolls. So to me, it makes perfect sense to invite miniatures friends to migrate to that page, freeing up my personal page for actual friends and family.
To that end I've been meticulously contacting people individually, to explain what I'm doing and why, and directing them to where they can find the stuff they actually might be interested in.
To be fair, most people have been fine. Loads of people have messaged me thanking me for letting them know, and subsequently 'Liking' the official Tower House Dolls FB page. Or if they've said they really, REALLY want to stay on my Sandra Morris page I've reinstated them.
Of course there is a sizeable grey area, in that I have lots of miniatures friends who have become actual friends. I've known some of them for over 20 years despite the fact we've never met in person. I'm interested in what's going on in their lives and enjoy the contact with them, however ephemeral. So they can stay put. I also have friends who are more interested in Small Dog than miniatures and that's fine too. These people should all know who they are. So if you haven't received a FB private message from me in the next week or so, you can assume that your not on my cull list.
However, there have been a few kerfuffles with people who either didn't read my message of explanation, or maybe they're just having a bad day, and being unfriended on FB was the final straw.
I've done my best to smoothe ruffled feathers but the milk of human kindness is beginning to curdle.
Facebook..... you have a lot to answer for.