Thursday, December 22, 2011
Lost In Translation -- Again. . .
Since My-Reason-For-Living-In-France (MRFLIF) has not gotten beyond e-mail in his comprehension of the Internet and all its magic and mysteries, he likes me to tell him what I'm up to on my blog -- which he doesn't really "get" but thinks it's wonderful nonetheless.
When I decided it was time I got on the Facebook bandwagon I tried -- and failed -- to explain why I would embark on such an endeavor. As a consequence I thought I would share our conversation with you. I swear, every word is true though some have been translated. The conversation transpired in French, English and our own version of Franglais.
MRFLIF: Don't you think you have enough to do without joining Facelift?
Moi: It's Facebook.
Moi: I really don't want you to go around telling people I joined Facelift.
MRFLIF: Don't worry. Just tell me why you joined this new thing.
Moi: I need a broader platform.
MRFLIF: A what?
Moi: A broader platform.
MRFLIF: I don't know what you're talking about. I'm an architect. Since when do you need a platform?
Moi: It's not that kind of a platform. It's a 'presence' which helps me build my name recognition where people come from all over the world and we become virtual friends and sometimes real friends.
MRFLIF: What are you talking about? Don't you have enough friends? I'm French I understand that one can only have a small number of real friends.
Moi: This is different. I need people to 'like' me.
MRFLIF: People always like you.
Moi: Thank you, that's very sweet. But, this is different.
MRFLIF: You already have about a million people visiting you every day on your blog. Those people 'like' you. Why do you all of a sudden need a 'platform'?
Moi: I do not have one million people visiting my blog daily -- if only -- that's page views and my blog is three-years-old. Furthermore lots of those people come over, check me out and never come back because they don't like me.
MRFLIF: What are you talking about?
Moi: We'll discuss all this later. For the moment, as I said, it's important that I'm on Facebook, especially if everything comes through with my 'project'. I need an important platform. And, that means lots of friends. You know, people who 'like' me. Everyone says so.
MRFLIF: I trust you.
MRFLIF: I remember when I always understood what you were telling me. I guess those days are over?
Moi: Just trust me.
MRFLIF: Oh, I almost forgot. Andrea said you should probably start Twitting. Are you going to start Twitting?
Moi: No, I am not.
MRFLIF: Do you want to tell me what it is?
MRFLIF: You see what I mean? We're not communicating the way we used to.