I just got a text from an old friend. He asked me whether I had dropped him as a friend on Facebook. I hastily explained that I had just dropped Facebook completely, not him in particular. He was placated by this but it set me to pondering1 what the proper netiquette is for things like that.
I suppose that I could have put up a status update in advance stating that I was going to disable my account, but how much advance warning would be “proper?” Also, status updates can seem to get lost in the shuffle when people have a lot of friends. Would a note be better? A note could explain that it is nothing personal, I just have a lot on my plate and as long as Facebook is active, I would be tempted to read that rather than do other things. Best to remove the temptation entirely.
Personally, I feel that both of those options are making too big a deal out of something small. I just disabled my account. I didn’t suddenly run off to the outback and join a tribe of aborigines.2 It’s nothing big. And anyone who wants to find me can do so via the normal channels. Just not Facebook. For now.
In other news, this is my final weekend before shift rotation restarts. Ah, summer. Where have you gone? I had plans! Big plans. And I frittered away so much time. *sighs* Oh well. I guess that I shall either have to try to accomplish the same things during shift, or put them off until the next time we have a shutdown.
 Hence the title of this post.
Although considering the reactions of some of my friends, I suspect that my sudden withdrawal would have been better accepted if I had done exactly that!