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Posted by Tim Bryce on June 27, 2014


– Is it a milestone or a miracle?

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I recently attained my 1,000th “Friend” on Facebook, which I consider somewhat of a milestone. Sure, there are celebrities and other people with many more friends, but mine has been slowly building over the past seven years on Facebook.

Although skeptical at first, I found Facebook to be an excellent way to network with people, particularly those I haven’t heard from in many years. In addition to connecting with relatives and friends, I use the social media to connect to neighbors, high school and college chums (I even have a few from grade school and junior high), members of clubs and computer groups I’ve been involved with, fraternal acquaintances, politicians, media contacts, business contacts and former employees, younger people I coached years ago who have grown into adulthood, and followers of my columns, as well as detractors, including political spies.

I have personally met most of my friends, but there are also some I know only through the Internet. The lion’s share of friends are in the United States, but I also have many contacts overseas. I know of at least five friends who have passed away, but relatives maintain their profiles in memorial. I have also been approached by several spammers over the years, trying to sucker me into illicit activities, but I have been fortunate to avoid their advances.

I have had to “unfriend” at least three people over the years as they do not observe basic common courtesy on the Internet. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed corresponding with the many people who have crossed my path. We obviously do not agree on everything, but at least we have developed a dialog. I cannot possibly comment on each posting of a thousand people, but I do frequently scan it and comment where I can.

The most rewarding part of Facebook, as far as I am concerned, is to hear news from old friends, their humor, and their spin on today’s whacky world, particularly politics. I have an old friend in California who has done some remarkable work in photography. I can still sense his personality through his photos. Then there are the business contacts who are frustrated with the lack of management in their companies. Politicians like to discuss what a great job they are doing, even though we know better. And my journalist friends still practice cut-throat news. God forbid if anyone gets in their way.

My readers either love or hate my “Bryce is Right!” column du jour. There is very little middle ground. The objective is not to get people to agree or disagree with me, but to engage their brains and think about things they may have overlooked or taken for granted, a little humor doesn’t hurt either. This is why we refer to it as, “Software for the finest computer – the Mind.” We have too many people operating on automatic. Instead, I want people to engage the clutch, shift, and look around at the highway around them. I realize this may be asking too much.

There are two things I’ve learned from using Facebook; first, not everyone gets my postings and, consequently, I do not see all of the postings from my friends. This is just a foible of Facebook. Second, you have to be politically correct when using this service. I have seen people cast out of the service for a slip of the tongue or the wrong political agenda. Certain postings are deliberately censored if it doesn’t meet with the satisfaction of the Facebook management echelon. Aside from censorship though, it is a fine way to stay connected with people.

I do not want to mention the name of my 1,000th friend as I do not want to embarrass him by turning the spotlight his way. I have never personally met him, but I have corresponded with him as a result of my column and radio segments. He is from Western New York and shares my concerns about our political world and is considered a pillar of his community. I would not have made his acquaintance without Facebook, for which I give thanks.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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5 Responses to “MY 1,000TH FACEBOOK FRIEND”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An E.K. of Dallas, Texas wrote…

    “Dig that, man. Some real nice stuff there Brother Tim. May the Grand Architect keep you close. Hope to meet some day.. Love your work.”


  2. Tim Bryce said

    A T.K. of Zephyrhills, Florida wrote…

    “Good article today and you also made the Letter to The Editor on The Tampa Trib today – 6/27/2014.”


  3. Tim Bryce said

    A K.U. of New York City wrote…

    “Social Media can be wonderful…except when FB friends use it to be giving constant updates…”I cooked two eggs just now sunny side up” or “check in status” (usually a bar). Anyway, the reason I use it is to keep up with friends and family since they are scattered. Then there are those who “collect” friends, such as the barmaid, grocery store checker outer, passer by on the street, etc. I have friends who have a gazillion FB buddies and I firmly believe this is their tactic.

    Politics I have found to be a dilemma. I personally find politics to be a major grey area on FB. It can turn into a “less fill/taste great” debate. In fact, I actually lost 3 friends during the shutdown. They were liberals who criticized my criticizing their posts. They blamed the Republicans rather than the entire system, so their reaction was “click” unfriend, as if what they had written was worthy of across the board praise by all. In hindsight, I am glad they unfriended, mainly because they were the type of FB one feels almost obligated to confirm the friendship request, which brings up a whole other issue: feeling you must become FB friends with someone you really do not want to have contact with.”


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  5. Dolphin, Cynthia (DOP) said

    I agree that Facebook is an excellent way to network with people as well as those who I have not seen or heard from in years. In addition, Facebook is my news reporter because I have learned so much information, for example, good and bad news. If I was not on Facebook, I would have not known as much information from the postings. Facebook also has some cons and I too had to delete acquaintances because of their verbal wars. It is also a great way to create events and send invites. Back in the days, people would pick up the telephone to see how one is. Today, everything is texting. Modern technology is here to stay but on occasions I would like to hear voices by people picking up the telephone to say, “Hello!” Lol Thanks for sharing your message regarding Facebook.

    Cynthia Dolphin


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