Ok, I went and did it. I joined Facebook on Friday. I have joined the collective. I understand why it is addictive. It's been fun.
It's been fun because I got in touch with a few people I haven't really talked to since high school. I'm the sort of person who is a little cautious about who I decide to make my friends on social networks. So it naturally surprises me that people who I knew 20 years ago but haven't talked to since ask me to be part of their networks... and more than that, make pleasant conversation in chat for the rest of the afternoon. Will it lead anywhere? I don't know, but it's nice to feel wanted.
I've been feeling rather worn out of late. Theories abound as to why. Stress at work? Not enough potassium and electrolytes to balance my increasing tough workouts lately? The crawling I've been doing around in our attic? Again, I don't know... but it's nice to take it easy and just engage in smalltalk... and Facebook is good for that.
I've been on Friendster, and MySpace... and dating and social sites much older than that. Facebook is probably one of the most completely realized sites I've come across in a long time. Social networking? Check. Working chat? Check. Applications? Check. Lots of people? Check. Lots of near real-time status? Check.
I'm sure the novelty will eventually wear off. It usually does. Until then though, Facebook looks fun.
on 2008-10-25 at 9:17 p.m.
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