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In The Wall Street Journal…And Some Great Spanish Food

Posted on | December 26, 2008 | 2 Comments

Well, the facebook unfriending or de-friending fiasco has almost come to a close.  The Wall St Journal found my blog post and interviewed me about this issue.  Wow – and I even got a sketch in there or a “hedcut” – although I don’t like the chins they put in there – oy vey.  Click here for a link to the full article.

From WSJ:

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“Ron Samuelson, 36, is still smarting after being unfriended a month ago. The chief executive of jewelry retailer Samuelson’s Diamonds Inc. in Baltimore, Md., tried to view the profile of one of his Facebook friends — only to find his access was limited because they weren’t friends anymore.

Insulted, Mr. Samuelson wondered if his supposed friend, also a jeweler, feared his profile would give away competitive information, or if he had done it by accident.

It wasn’t long before the missing friend resurfaced, this time requesting to join a private Facebook group Mr. Samuelson had created for jewelers to network with each other. Still hurt, Mr. Samuelson says he hesitated before approving his request, but ultimately “chose to take the high road.” He says he would never get in the habit of unfriending people himself. “Diplomatically, it’s probably not the right thing to do,” says Mr. Samuelson, who has 466 friends on Facebook.

Mr. Samuelson declined to name the fellow jeweler. “I don’t want to burn any bridges,” he says. “He may be a future business contact.”

Well I still did not call him out.

This year has been a great year for us in the media.  Baltimore Magazine, Jewish Times, City Paper “Best of Baltimore”, and now the Wall St Journal – what’s next?

Take a look at my birthday dinner from Tio Pepe.  Mmm lamb chops:

Comments

  • Maybe he unfriended you because he thought his prospects might see your page and go to you. In any case, fear like that isn’t a great way to do business!

  • ron

    Thanks Darla – you are right!