I’m pretty new to this social media stuff. Blogging on Red Alert for six or seven months and got into facebook in November while I couldn’t sleep in the UK. Can’t see the point of twitter for me yet.
My facebook friends are mainly local, mainly much younger than me, some sportspeople and followers and a relatively small number interested in politics. That group includes some Nats, some Act and some Greens but mainly Labour. Bit over 3k. I turn down a fair proportion of requests if they don’t meet my criteria and am pretty ruthless at dumping people mainly for using bad language, having links I don’t like or repeatedly putting game or quiz type things on my profile.
Last Wednesday night Metiria Turei used my status to attack Labour. Of all things it was on our record on the minimum wage – probably one of the best areas of progress the last government – but the subject doesn’t matter.
As I said above I’m new to facebook. I regard my page like my home. I chose who is there. While there are lots of discussions initiated by constituents I decide whether they run or not. But the idea of politicians using the comments section of my status to attack me just doesn’t seem right.
Metiria has her page and her blog to attack me. She can comment on Red Alert all she wants to.
So I unfriended her. She is all hurt. She says she will ask to be my friend again. She hasn’t yet. I will say yes. But I will watch her manners carefully.
ps I found Rod Donald and Sue Bradford good to work with (and Jeanette but only for a short time) – so its not a green allergy.