OK, so against my better judgement, I decided to take the Facebook plunge to solve my problem (no interaction with my cohorts). I didn’t have a Facebook account prior to this because, quite honestly, I barely check my email, so I can’t envision wasting hours at a time catching up with people I don’t even talk to on the phone. It’s not like I don’t ever waste time; if an NFL game or a decent MMA bout is on TV, I more or less turn into a zombie for 3 hours. So, let’s just say I’m selective about the ways in which I choose to waste my time.
At this exact moment, I’m up to my neck in work for 2 of my 4 jobs, and I’m running behind in my FOK course. I figured setting up a Facebook account would take about 5 minutes. Gee whiz…..77 minutes later, I’m still not done. To be fair, setting up the actual account was fairly straightforward. However, since Facebook won’t allow users to have accounts that bear other than their proper names, I was more or less compelled to set up a Facebook page for a study group. It all started innocently enough. Well, that is until I had to choose a URL for the group. It’s been all downhill since then. Silly me. I figured I would give a straightforward name like University of Leicester MSc Study Group. Fail! Someone, according to Facebook, has already selected that name. No problem. I chose something more specific. University of Leicester MSc Distance Learning Study Group. Uh, no! That name is in use. Then I got really creative. I included the module. No. The intake date. Fail. I included my own name. Uh uh buddy, try again. Really? There’s another guy out there named Ismail on the exact same program, and the same intake date? Then where is he? He’s certainly not posting anything in the Blackboard forum. I’ve racked my brains. I’ve done my best Rainman impersonation (remember the movie with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman – “2, 344”). I’ve tried more or less every realistic permutation, and all I get is “Someone has already taken….Please choose another Facebook web address.”
You know, if I weren’t so frustrated, this would be fairly comical. Do you remember that old country song:
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em/ know when to fold ’em/ know when to walk away/ know when to run”
This is me walking away……
……and heading to the gym to beat up some unsuspecting weights. Trust me, those weights won’t stand a chance.