It’s happened to all of us: back when we first joined Facebook, we did so without knowing what to expect. Perhaps we even joined reluctantly, just because others were telling us how great, entertaining or useful it was. At the beginning, we didn’t know how to use Facebook to its full capacity, and so we just kind of passively lurked around. And then, all of a sudden, a click: we reconnected with a long-lost friend, or we got tagged in an old picture, or we met someone new. That’s when we got the power of Facebook.
According to MLive.com, this is kind of what happened to Suzanne Geha, a news anchor from WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After being let go abruptly last week, neither Suzanne nor WOOD-TV commented on the reasons behind the decision. However, that kind of secrecy and reservedness just doesn’t work in the 21st century: If you don’t give answers to the people, the people will come to you and demand answers or a reaction.
And that’s how, one after another, Grand Rapids locals began messaging and friending Suzanne on Facebook, asking her questions about her departure, begging her to go back to her show, and telling her they despise WOOD-TV for not keeping her. As of today, Suzanne’s number of Facebook friends had sharply raised to over 3,500. Looks like she’ll be at “Facebook friends capacity” soon.
As you can see from the comment above (and the one below), Suzanne reacted with nothing short of awe and amazement at people’s sudden outpour of support. Still visibly unwilling to divulge what led her to leave her show after three decades, Suzanne ‘s attention turned to her devoted fans.
Someone should probably tell Suzanne that accepting friend requests from strangers for her personal profile might not be the best thing — unless, of course, she’s making good use of the privacy settings and friend lists. Facebook has recently began letting individual users turn their profiles into fan pages. Hopefully she reads this suggestion: she should create a business page where people can like her and become fans, keeping the context of the interaction strictly professional.
Do you think that this outpouring of Facebook love might help Suzanne Geha get her old job back — or lead to an even better job offer from another employer?