I got a rant via e-mail from a friend today, M. She had drifted apart from a couple who had moved overseas, and her first contact with them in quite a while was a group invite from them to visit a CarePage they had set up for their seriously ill daughter.
CarePages are a blog community, basically, and are a way for folks to post about their illness so they don't have to communicate their medical progress individually, which can understandably be quite tasking.
Still, "The very name made me want to vomit," M. says. Why was M. so upset, and why can't I blame her? Well, it's rough to hear remotely that a friend's kid is sick after a long period of silence, even though you understand the parents are very busy and upset.
It's the same way I feel when someone invites me to Facebook, which I have so far resisted. You want my attention, call me or send me an e-mail. Something just for me, to let me know you love me even a little bit. I'll return your care. You'll have time, because you won't be attending to your Facebook page minutiae. If you have to attend to your friends as a herd, maybe you have too many.
I have a friend who blogs about a long-standing medical issue, but she invited me to read personally as soon as she set it up, and I reply to her blogs by e-mail now and again, and she answers me personally.
Back to CarePages: Reportedly they are sprinkled with pharma ads and invitations to donate to hospitals or organizations, which also lends a slightly cynical air to the proceedings.