I really am superior to everyone else when it comes to performing heroic acts of idiocy. I keep thinking one day I will wake up and overnight I will have been transformed into a competent adult. So far, though, this has not happened and I remain hopelessly inept at everyday living.
Last week, I got a Shelfari invitation from Anne Glamore over at Tales From My Tiny Kingdom. I am an avid reader. I am in three different book groups and I read all the time. So the Shelfari thing appealed to me because I can keep track of what I’ve read. I can also wow others with the breadth of my literary accomplishments. I just have to make sure I leave off the bodice rippers!
I immediately joined and started exploring the site. I clicked on the Friends tab and the site invited me to enter my email address so I could see which of my friends were already using Shelfari. Right about here, the cautious and wise person would have said “no thank you” and hit the back button on the browser.
But me, I was as giddy as a child. More reading friends?? More people to pester via internet?? My password was entered in the blink of an eye and there was my address book.
Now being the brain surgeon I am, I saw the first two names and coincidentally, it was the people I was going to invite anyway. So I hit SEND. And logged off the internet and forgot about it.
Twenty minutes later, my phone rang. It was an acquaintance who almost never calls me. “Hey,” she said, “If I click on this link, will my computer blow up?”
“Whaaaaat?” I asked in confusion.
“This Shelfari thing,” she said.
Now I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I’m not stupid either. I realized immediately what had happened.
“OH SHIT,” I said and ran to the computer and booted it up. Sure enough, there were twenty emails already, regarding the Shelfari invite. It turns out that all email addresses are pre selected by Shelfari, and you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom to DE-select them. I sort of missed that step!
I don’t know how your email works, but mine keeps every email address to which I have ever sent a message. Well over 200 invites went out, many to people I don’t even know. The Juliette Low Birthplace, for example, received an invitation from me to join Shelfari. I am sure they are rushing, even now, to post all of their favorites on Shelfari. The help desk at AOL got a personal invite, as did the troubleshooting people at Gateway. I’m only sorry I didn’t have Habib’s personal email address, because I would have sent him one too!
It doesn’t end there. Oh no, the humiliation has to be dragged out even further. Shelfari sent a helpful NUDGE to all those innocent people today, reminding them to sign up and be my friend. How pathetic does this make me, that a random computer site is begging people to befriend me?? I got a few confused responses today, from people wondering just who in the hell I am, one very crabby response and several favorable ones from people I DON’T KNOW!!!
To all of them, I sent a heartfelt apology, explaining that the medication I am taking to treat my recently diagnosed brain tumor makes me confused and prone to error. I promised them all that I will never forward anything again without first running it by my hospice nurse, my therapist, and my parole officer.
So join Shelfari!!! Why the Hell not??? Just make sure you don’t invite half the free world to join with you!