I’ve been on Facebook for about a year. In fact, it might have been around this time last year that I posted my first “status update.” Since that time, I’ve found old classmates, connected with new friends, become a “fan” of just about everything, and learned a ton about myself through those super scientific personality quizzes. Without them, I would never have figured out that I am a quiet observer with an obsessive sappy side. Never ever.
Everyone’s on Facebook. Books, organizations, businesses, and flipflops. This blog is even “on Facebook” with the link at the end of each post. If you want to be connected, you’ve got to have a Facebook page. There’s a “Circle of Moms” group, and probably even virtual playgroups out there. The possiblities are crazy, and a little creepy. I’ll admit when I first logged in, I was a little obsessed about finding as many friends as I could, and constantly checking in to see everyone’s “status updates.” But, the newness wore off, and now I just check it when I have some time to kill in the school pick up line or at soccer practice. It’s good for that, for being connected, for asking quesitons, and for finding lost people.
I’ve lost a lot of people in my life. As a transient Military Kid, I clung to friendships I made at each base; but, through the years they dropped out of sight one by one. When I first became an savy internet researcher, I tried to find some of my lost people, but never with much success. Facebook has had crazy success. I still wasn’t that awesome at finding people, not wanting to “add a friend” that might not remember me or even be the right person. But, they found me. Just a few weeks ago, one of my best friends from First Grade (FIRST GRADE!) linked to me asking if I was the “Danielle Miller from St. Joseph’s.” And, I was! We’ve chatted a little here and there since that connection, but even more than that, there’s an ENTIRE FACEBOOK PAGE about the school we attended. When I “joined the group,” I had access to old photographs, old stories, and old friends, and I got lost in that, amazed at the technology, amazed at the connections, and amazed at my luck.
All because of Facebook. Are you on?