The Facebook Experiment

In case you didn’t know, Sad Pony and Squirrel are now on Facebook.  I thought I would let you know what’s going on with them, Facebook wise.  So here’s some shots I took of the page.  I have deleted any real names to protect the guilty.  Here we go – Sad Pony’s profile page.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Yes, he really does have a facebook page.  What?  I can't keep an eye on them all the time.

Yes, he really does have a facebook page. What? I can’t keep an eye on them all the time.

Next up is Squirrel.  I think he’s going to be the one hardest to keep in line here.  Get ready for the parental controls.

Sure he LOOKS innocent.

Sure he LOOKS innocent.

A few of you  have played along and friended the two.  They are especially excited about finally finding Miss Four Eyes.  Check out some of Squirrel’s recent posts.

Shouldn't have let him have that Latte . . .

Shouldn’t have let him have that Latte . . .

Squirrel has also been taking pictures of himself and uploading them to the site.  I’d better watch out or pretty soon he’ll be on Instagram, posting pics of his nuts.

I don't think the Tai Chi is working out . . .

I don’t think the Tai Chi is working out . . .

No longer desperately seeking Miss Four Eyes

No longer desperately seeking Miss Four Eyes

Of course the two interact together as well, which can get complicated since they have to share the one computer.  Sad Pony has that awkward hoof problem and Squirrel – well, I think you know his issues.  Anyway, here’s a little correspondence between the two.  Note that Sad Pony is a fan of Snoop Dogg and that there really is a band called Tired Pony. (Click to enlarge)

I predict flame wars in the future . . .

I predict flame wars in the future . . .

Deep down Sad Pony loves Squirrel.  Deeeeep down.

Deep down Sad Pony loves Squirrel. Deeeeep down.

Oh and HEY what’s this?  I’m going to have to watch what these two are posting up there.  Not nice, Sad Pony.  I am not evil.  Well, not always.

I get no respect.

I get no respect.

How long will this experiment last?  How long is my attention span?  I have a feeling they’re going to be retiring soon.  I’m feeling some of the same creepiness I felt before.  Like all the friend recommendations.  Yes, even a squirrel and a pony get friend recommendations.  One was for Jethro Gibbs of NCIS – the fictional character, not the actor who plays him on TV.  How ironically perfect.  The others are people I have never heard of, and I kind of doubt they’d want a depressed pony friending them.   I’ve considered randomly trying to friend as many people as possible just to see who would take the bait.  But I don’t know.  Right now Sad Pony is giving me trouble about it.  He’s SUCH a killjoy.

I’ve considered getting another Alice Facebook page.  I had one, ages ago, lost interest and deleted the account in one of those rare acts of “I am not addicted to the Internetz!”  I probably won’t, but I’d be more likely to have one for Alice than another personal one.  I’m not comfortable with that much real info about me out there. I like to pretend there is still privacy.

So what do you guys think?  Do you have a real Facebook page or a page for your blog or both?  What do you think of privacy?  What do you think of animals on the Internet?  I think there are more out there than we realize.  Should Sad Pony and Squirrel keep their accounts even though they aren’t technically old enough – at least in human years?  Anyway, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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43 responses

  1. I must be mad. I’ve just sent both a friends request…

    1. gulp they are both on my firends list

      1. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens – they may not accept me, you know!

      2. Squirrel said: “More chicks! Yesssssss!” and Sad Pony was like “Yay.”

  2. Same here , had one ages ago, didn’t even last a month. I prefer wordpress and tumblr offer privacy and you can relax by looking at ur fav pics or reading creative stuff .

    1. I haven’t tried Tumblr much, though I did read one making fun of 50 Shades in tiny bits that was hilarious.

  3. I have a facebook page, but I rarely post anything. Sometimes comment on friend’s posts. I maybe look at it 2 or 3 times a week. Used to be on more but the adverts irritate me. And since I didn’t properly read ‘facebook rules’ when I first signed up, it’s under a nickname which is no more convincing than ‘Sadd Poneh’. When someone told me that was WRONG and it should be my real name, I was worried for a while that the facebook police would come and take me away.
    Our cat has a fb account, thanks to Daughter. But its very inactive. He’s too busy sleeping and slaughtering rabbits to post.
    I’ve been constructing another blog/website this week, with a view to being a forrealz yoga teacher in future. The idea is it’s for people who live locally who pick up my card or hear that I’m teaching yoga and want to know more before they decide whether to book a class or come to a general class. etc. So they wouldn’t be making any link to braith an’ lithe me and what I write there. And people who read more personal stuff at braith an’ lithe wouldn’t be matching it up with offline me and able to be, you know…’ah ha, and now I know where she lives and I can go round and boil her greyhound’ or whatever. Not that I’m twitchy and paranoid or anything.
    The new blog is not under my full name and it’s only got a new email with a yoga title for my contact. But it has a real photo of me. And all the settings are currently totally private so no-one can see it at all. It’s just going to sit there for a few months with no-one but me reading it and changing what I write on it, to see what I can comfortably cope with, before making it ‘live’.

    1. A blog or website is a good idea for your yoga class. The one I attend has a nice website – it’s not fancy but it tells you what they teach, small bios on the teachers, times of classes, etc. I’d much rather enter a yoga studio or take someone up on private practice if I’ve first had a change to read about it. Several other studios didn’t have one, so I didn’t go. The main teacher (there’s like 3 I think but I’ve only been to one) sends out regular emails with updates too.

      Yeah, I don’t get the whole “have to give your real name.” Because – why? Otherwise Facebook can’t have all your personal information? I feel for someone who might actually be named Squirrel or Pony – I mean, these days who knows.

  4. I went to ‘like’ your animal pages, but I saw they weren’t actual pages I could ‘like.’ I would have to friend them to follow them and I don’t really use my personal account and do the ‘friend’ thing except for a few family members. I do everything from my public page. So sorry, but I’m unable to follow your furry friends. 😦 (But if you add a subscribe button then I can 🙂 )

    1. Oh, right, I remember making a page once for Alice . . . and I’ve forgotten how. I don’t blame you for not wanting to friend fictional animals. I’m not so sure about letting them friend Jethro, though he is pretty hot. And I get not wanting to use your personal page – what is your public page, btw?

      1. It’s https://www.facebook.com/carrierubinauthor. That’s where I post all my updates. Can’t remember the last time I posted anything on my personal site. My family never reads it anyway. 🙂

  5. I would really be interested in seeing Sad Poneh’s and Squirrel’s targeted advertising.

    1. Me too. I’m getting them to “like” as many pony and squirrel related things as possible. Also stuff like Zingers and Energy Drinks.

  6. Yes I have both a page for me and one for the blog…A few years back i deleted my FB account…did you know that it’s actually impossible to really delete it? When i chose to go back for the blog I found that all the old crap was still there…FB never lets you go…I hate it. but I’m still there….for now

    1. Yeah, if you come back within the two weeks, for sure it’s all there. I left one time for quiet a while and came back and had to go make all my friends back because they were gone – but it did seem to remember some bits of my info right away. I would dearly love for another social media site to get hugely popular and see Facebook go the way of MySpace – if only to wipe that stupid grin off Zuckerberg’s face.

  7. FYI – It’s Snoop Lion now, not Snoop Doog.

    1. Snoop Lion does sound much more fierce. Hang on Snoopy, Snoop Lion hangin’ on!

  8. I think you’re brilliant. I don’t know how you’re pulling this off. I thought about making a FB profile for MissFourEyes, but it’s too much to handle! TOO MUCH. And you have two imaginary animals. Brilliance, I say.

    1. Brilliance and Insanity are closely linked, wouldn’t you say?

  9. I have FB for me and for the donkey blog. Mostly mine is to blast millions of pictures of my children back to my family since we’re separated by 500 miles. When my kids aren’t with me, crickets and spiders and dust move in. The blog page is mostly just blog posts publicized there for the non-WP people who are on FB and want to read without pesky emails. Occasionally I put words in a box, but not much.

    1. That’s pretty much what my twitter account was – lookie more blog posts from meeee – before I deleted it. WordPress still says they are followers though. I also have deleted blogs following me.

      1. My Twitter did too, so I changed my @ and started tweeting more, but hardly anyone notices.
        At one point WP thought I had 5000+ twitter followers. I laughed. It’s fixed, but I still don’t trust the followers number. Of the 1500, only about 500 are real, and of that 500, only about 100 are actively reading. Good times.

  10. Are you sure that pic of Squirrel is is of him trying to do Tai Chi amd not just reacting to drinking Chai Tea?

    Meh. That sounded funnier in my head. Maybe it’s the Percocet. Or maybe I just need more sleep.

    I love that you are doing this. It just reinforces for me how out of control Facebook has gotten when fictitious people are spamming other fictitious people with friend requests.

    1. You wife told me you guys have been having non-stop fun on the health front. Good luck with that. And Facebook has gotten really freaking weird – which is saying something considering it started out fairly weird.

  11. I should probably start a FB page for FOG, but it just seems kind of redundant to me. If I do, Sad Pony and Squirrel will definitely be friends.

    1. Yeah, I read somewhere that you should have an fb page for your blog – one of those “how to blog” things. I don’t know why I read those. Maybe you could do a Dept of Redundancy Dept site for FOG.

      1. Inspired by you, I just signed up FOG for FB, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Honestly, that’s likely as far as I’ll ever get.

        1. They got your friend requests! I’ve had them go around liking all sorts of stuff. Sparkle paper towels was the last one. Squirrel said it was good for cleaning up keyboard messes. I got a “like” for that from Sparkle paper towels. Also first targeted ad to Sad Pony: anti-meth campaign. Also he is sending friend requests to anyone with a pony name.

          God I had too much cake.

  12. I have both. I don’t really do much with my blog’s FB page. Really, I don’t do much with my personal one either. I use it mostly to IM friends and stuph. That’s how I keep up with them all, especially at work where my phone get’s no signal.

    ALICE!! You should get either a FB or Gmail account so we can IM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That way we can share our misery instantaneously!!

    1. Zomg it’s brilliant! I think I do have a gmail account but can’t remember what it is. I also have a yahoo account somewhere and God knows what else. Oh, and of course I now have email addresses for the pony and the squirrel. I DO like the im feature but then I’d probably spend all day im-ing people and really get no work done.

      1. That’s okay. I’d rather talk to you than work anyhow….

  13. […] fruity posts are always awesome. Also a big thanks to Miss Four Eyes who gave me the award and to Alice who invented […]

  14. I have to follow both of them.
    Squirrels looks like a handful, gotta love it.

    1. He sure is – thanks for following! I love your blog name. 😀

  15. […] you, Rohan-of-the-sexy-accent, who gave me the award and big thanks to Alice who started passing around moisty fruit for no apparent reason – which is what we’d […]

  16. […] ago where I wrote sentences no one had written before. I wrote 19 of them before I gave up. Well Alice at Wonderland, more specifically Sad Pony and Squirrel, convinced me that maybe I should do some promotion. […]

  17. Rohan 7 Things | Reply

    Ha, this is hilarious Alice, and you found Miss Four Eyes on facebook?! Amazing!

    I tried to find these guys on facebook but I couldn’t 😦 I wanna like them 🙂

    Rohan.

    1. I guess you have to get their real names. I know, I was like, her name isn’t really Miss Four Eyes? I am so disillusioned.

  18. […] my second (and last) Facebook update with Sad Pony and Squirrel.  For the other two click here and here.  Thus far Squirrel has twelve friends.  All of his friends are my blogging buddies.  Some […]

  19. My only FB page is for my blog. I’m boring, but I take serious isue with needlessly posting things about my personal life into a medium that will never ever forget it. I doubt I will ever change that fact. Too paranoid.

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