We get invitations all the time from people who want to be our friends on Facebook. Sometimes it can be friends from your childhood, co-workers, your boss, or some creepy person from a far away destination. Once you click “yes” for someone becoming your friend, you literally let them into your life and potentially the history of what you have done depending on your timeline. We also get a chance to ‘like’ the pages of our favorite companies and also some of our favorite celebrities on Facebook. Once you decide to like them, you in essence become their friend because every time they make a post or put up a video or picture it comes through your feed on your main Facebook page. After reading Suze Orman’s Facebook pages, I must admit to you that I can never be Suze Orman’s friend on Facebook.
First of all, let’s talk about favorites. Among the four favorites that show up is none other than Rosie O’Donnell. Is she even relevant in anything that goes on anymore? I’ve been trying to decide if there was ever any Rosie O’Donnell TV show or any movie that was even any good? And I am pretty sure I never watched the Rosie show or maybe I fell asleep as soon as the monologue started. She also has Evamor Natural Artesian Water as a favorite which has none other than Dr. Oz written all over it. Hmmm … another shameless plug for a close celebrity friend? I will give her credit for the Blues Brothers, but it really seems out of place for Suze if you look at the remainder of the favorites on her page. Given point one that she likes both Rosie O’Donnell personally and the Rosie Show that is strike one for being my friend on Facebook.
Second, Suze says people first, then money, then things as one of her slogans. Written all over her Facebook page are all types of plugs for her Approved Card where she says, “I didn’t just approve this card. I created it.” Shockingly, (or not) the Approved Card is actually one of her own favorites and leads to a whole promotion to discuss why the approved card is one of the leading prepaid cards as ranked by a national magazine. Do you really want a Facebook friend who sends you constant reminders on why they need to use or buy the products that they make tons of money from every year? In fact, even in her recent photos, she has every person in the pictures wearing a visor that says “Approved”. If it really is people first, then as a celebrity you should donate all of the proceeds from the card to charity. Shameless self promotion is strike two for being my friend on Facebook.
Last, is Suze Orman really running for Senate? In times when we need serious people who know how to balance the budget, Suze says she is out to balance the budget. As John McEnroe would say, “You cannot be serious!” Putting our ridiculous Facebook pages with your face painted on it is a definite strike three for being my friend on Facebook.
In the famous song called Take Me Out To The Ball Game which is played during the 7th inning stretch at baseball stadiums around the country, it ends with ‘for its one, two, three strikes you’re out of the ‘old ball game’. While Suze may dazzle millions with her glistening hair, teeth, and oversized jewelry, today I officially declare that I won’t be Suze Orman’s friend on Facebook. Are you going to click like?
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Ted Jenkin, CFP®, AAMS®, AWMA®, CRPC®, CMFC®, CRPS®
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