Michelle and I were really excited to start a new closed Facebook Group – this one – The SMART Circle.
It’s a lot of fun kicking around anything new, big or small, and we finally settled on how we wanted the page to run and on our cover shot for the page.
I say ‘finally’, because we did ping back and forth between us quite a bit. We like pinging, it’s a creative little process.
So, we finally agreed and the page was good to go; just needed its cover photo finalizing. We both had a lunch time deadline – mine was a piece of work going to print, Michelle’s was a routine health check-up then a client meeting.
She was rushing off for an appointment at the hospital for a stress test (to see how your heart’s going). But we really wanted to put the page up this morning and two minutes before running out the door, Michelle got it onto Facebook.
Michelle had made me an administrator on The SMART Circle page. I spent a happy few minutes over my lunch sandwich dinking around with it a bit.
I thought I’d be helpful and tidy up a couple of things. Then I got carried away.
I deleted the cover photo.
Oh cripes! How did I do that? Searched for it, but it was good and proper gone.
What if Michelle was sitting in the hospital waiting room, fiddling with her smart phone, merrily inviting peeps onto the page?
The page with the now broad hint on it: Personalize Your Group.
The page with a generic blue blank where seconds earlier there had been a lovely colourful cover photo.
She was going to kill me.
Or I was going to kill her. After all, she was waiting to go in for a stress test on her heart.
Would steam coming out of her ears affect the test result?
Hmmm … maybe … probably.
Then again, she’d be a lot madder if she invited folk onto our now boringly blank page. Better ‘fess up that one of my lofty Page Administrator digits had slipped. Inadvertently. Onto the delete button. Including the yes I am sure I want to delete that button.
The perils of putting a putz in a power position.
What can I say? It just went to my head.
Deciding that I’d cause less trouble if I owned up immediately, I fired off a quick text to Michelle: It was great. (Past tense). You’ll kill me. I deleted it by accident Better tell them at stress test (So the inexplicable spike in your stress levels can be explained – as in, it’s not a medical problem. It’s my sister – she’s the problem).
Michelle: Deleted the page???
Yeah, just as I thought, she was hovering over her phone until they carted her into the clinic. They ought to surgically remove that device off her while they had her in there.
Does three question marks denote a bit of stress … ?
Anyhow, turns out it wasn’t a big deal. Clever Clogs breezed through her stress test (she’d been doing that for years, living with a constant source of stress – who me?) and she put The SMART Circle page back all pretty.
Michelle: No problem, I can replace. I’m going to change your status to moderator not admin then you can’t do it again!
Me (AKA Facebook Fool): Yeh not SMART enough lol
So, I have been demoted.
Like being bumped down from Head Girl to Hall Monitor. (The shame of it.)
This is me now: You’re Now a Moderator!
Moderators are like admins, but with limited controls.
Limited controls – like not being able to get out of control with a stab-happy-delete-digit.
I expect anyone who joins our group will find that a relief. Michelle does!
Yvonne Toering is a business development consultant who has worked with leading organisations and brands including Securicor Group, Vodafone Group, ASDA as well as most of the UK’s major high street retail chains including Marks and Spencer Plc, the National Health Service, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mars UK, and the Grand Metropolitan Group, owners of Burger King, Smirnoff, Samuel Webster Brewers, Haagen Daas, Cinzano and other iconic brands.