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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Despicable Me

Something happened to me today that was so utterly frightening, bone-chillingly scary and mind-blowingly weird that I thought I was in a parallel universe. And it all started innocently enough with...Facebook. I use Facebook and I like it. I make no excuses. I enjoy following family and friends on it. It's fun to see messages and photos and keep updated on the happenings of people I know from around the world.

But let me start at the beginning. Although I use Facebook, I'm not very technically savvy on a lot of its applications. Today I decided that I wanted to post a video from YouTube onto Facebook.  I had no clue how to go about doing that. So I googled the info...which led me to the "help" section of FB, which I should have checked out in the first place. 

I went to my WALL page on FB and opened the publishing box where you post messages. Following directions, I clicked the video icon at the bottom of the publishing bar. I was just about to insert the YouTube link inside the space when suddenly this hideous image appeared on my screen. It looked like something out of a horror film...a grotesque distortion of a human face...a repulsive, ghoulish hag of a woman. A frightful old gnome with a garish look of surprise who seemed to stare straight into my eyes. What the...? Somehow I screwed up. Missed a step in the directions. Inserted the wrong link. What a friggin doofus I am. I can't even figure out a simple...

But wait...Mother of all Nightmares! To my astonishment, that sinister old shrew on the screen...was ME!  Somehow I had inadvertently activated the built-in web cam on my laptop and created an instant video of my own face!  And before I knew what was happening...my miserable mug in all it's no-makeup, bad hair day, up-close-and-personal Grand Canyon size wrinkles and fiendish full blown horror, splashed across the Facebook world. For several surreal seconds, I did not even recognize my own sorry self. Suddenly that Michael Jackson song, Man in the Mirror reverberated through my brain. Dear readers...it was a truly bizarre moment. Eventually, I gathered my wits about me (the few I had left) and hit the "remove" button...most likely saving my entire Facebook nation from suffering an early morning heart attack.

The moral of this little horror story is: whenever you're fooling around with Facebook, be sure you know the location of the "delete/remove" button. Otherwise there's a good chance you could bring supreme embarrassment, shock, outrage or disabling nausea to yourself, your entire family, friends far and near and assorted acquaintances. I'm just thankful that I didn't get nabbed by the FB police for publication of offensive material. Sphere: Related Content

16 comments:

Wrexie said...

FB. It can be a nightmare for sure...

Coffeypot said...

I did that in the grocery store. I was concentrating on the stuff in the meet section when I looked up and saw this guy who look so familiar, but I was still thinking about the ground beef when it hit me...it was in the mirror.

Michele Chastain said...

This was a really good post...I was so concerned in the beginning, and ended up laughing. I would have felt the same way. We are all our own worst critics...I'm sure you looked fine anyway. :)

ReformingGeek said...

Maybe it's best that I don't have a webcam.

I like Facebook, too. It can be crazy, though, and I've seen some stuff people have posted that makes my jaw drop. Do they not realize how easy it is for people (e.g. your boss) to find you?

Jude said...

Post it here! I want to see it! :)

Brenda Grolle said...

Ah, the follies of Facebook. It can be a timesucker for sure.

I'm good with ordinary wall postings, but I'm still photo-challenged.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Too funny!

Culture Served Raw said...

oh there is nothing innocent about Facebook! Funny story though!!

Christopher said...

Very funny!

I dabble with wall postings but thats about it beside sending my blog to it.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is absolutely hilarious and I can SO relate, Boomer sistah!!!!!!! both technically and in the response to one's image. How did this HAPPEN, I continue to ask, in disbelief........plus I have Thyroid Neck, too bad I didnt think about writing the book before that other woman did....hee hee. Thanks for making me laugh!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Great story! I can totally relate.

gayle said...

That is so funny!! I would have hit delete right away if it was me!!

Mark said...

Facebook: way too scarey. Even with my good face on.

W.C.Camp said...

HA - The moral of that story for me is NEVER trust that little eye staring at you. I always park my gum on top of it while blogging. Great storya and funny post! W.C.C.

Wine and Words said...

Oh my gooddness. FB is a blessing and a curse. I went on vacation with a couple friends...one of whom decided to post a picture of me in my bathing suit on her wall....complete with cellulite and belly rolls. WTF? I threatened to kill her if she did not take it down. It should be a RULE...a Federal Rule!! No posting friends in their swimsuits without permission. Jeeeze!

Thanks for snooping around my blog. I appreciate your humor and in the words of our..ahem...governor here in California "I'll be back"

diney said...

FB is a nightmare sometimes - a friend's husband took a photo of his wife and myself in our ball gowns before a posh do and, even though my dress was pretty gorgeous, the face peering out at the neck isn't now so hot and I hoped he would just forget the photos but, no...next day I was tagged as being on his facebook page for all to see showing a stunning dress with that awful old face again.....he thinks it's a great photo of his wife and I and I feel vain and churlish if I ask him to delete it. Horror of The Truth. Pleased for you that it was in your control to delete what you disliked!!

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