We all know them, the Facebook friends who have nothing better to do with their lives than to sit around on Facebook all day waiting to see who pops in so they can strike up a chat. There was a period of time for a while there that I had to set my status to offline whenever I was on Facebook for just that reason. Sometimes I need to jump on Facebook for just a minute and I don’t have time to chat, but it seemed like every time I got on I had a friend who was always there waiting to pounce (and don’t worry, I’m not talking about you). I like my friends, and I like talking to my friends, but if I’m in the middle of work or only have a few minutes I don’t like being held hostage by the Facebook chat. When it’s a phone call I can take the phone with me, or still work on the computer. Or at the very least, it is easier for me to explain that I just don’t have time right now, but I will call you back later. But on Facebook, you’re tethered to your computer, and it is hard to get anything else done on it when you are involved in a conversation. And it never has the same meaning when you tell them you have to go. It loses something in the translation.
Anyway, I have found that the offline feature is a great way to get things done without being pounced on when I don’t have time to chat. But don’t worry, I would never do that to you.