I have 220 facebook friends, and for the most part its pretty sane. If
someone (or an application) is spamming your wall, you can turn off their
updates, block them or even unfriend them. If you are worried about being
overwhelmed with chat windows, you can always switch chat off (just choose
"go offline" in chat options). I have one addition to what Gunnar is
suggesting though - if you planned to have 5000 birding contacts on
facebook, I would seriously consider making a separate profile for just your
birding contacts. I use facebook to keep in touch with friends and
organise social events, throwing 4800 strangers into the mix would seriously
impact my ability to do this. I do see some big potential advantages to
birders through facebook though - a readymade network of contacts to ask
questions, advice on travel, identification, or even a chance to meet with
locals on international or interstate birding trips.
On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> I have less than 20 Facebook friends. If they all get chatty, it can take a
> while to work through it all, especially if some are running applications
> that post results, etc, on my page. What would it be like with 100, let
> alone 5000?
> Have you tried it? Do conversations just get lost?
> Why replace the Blackberry with an iPhone? It might not do quite
> everything the other can, but if you've already got it ...
> Peter Shute
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