I always snubbed FB as some teenie website where they race to amass all the e-friends they can, then get puffed up over their popularity.
Last week I was on the I looking for an old musician friend who didn't show up but for a 10-year-old phone number in Seattle.
Cluzo read my post and offered to help. He found my friend's wife on Facebook. So I joined up as a means to find him. Unfortunately he died 6 years ago. But on the wife's Facebook pages all these old musician friends popped up, guys I haven't seen in years. Now we're in touch.
This little experience has given me a lot of pleasure. And it's great to see photos of these guys still doing their thing in Seattle, old players like me.
Thanks Cluzo, thanks Facebook.
I totally agree. Since I joined about a year ago I have either spotted, or been spotted by, atleast a dozen old friends who I would have never otherwise had contact with. Great tool.
They started to do an experiment on there a while ago; 6 degrees of seperation. Basically they were trying to prove the theory that everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone, etc. I don't know what the findings were.
Not everyone was as cruel as you, Sen ...
I had the same feelings about FB as many did here. Then a student wanted me to sign up to help with a game, I thought "why not" and did. So far I have been re united with cousins long lost, a few friends that had slipped by and I found out that it's an easy to keep in touch with my daughter back in the states.
I tracked down a girl I really fancied in my early twenties. In fact everyone fancied her. She's now 44 and married with two small kids. And just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and has literally two years to live. Some things you really would rather not find out and just keep the memories. Worse still - she'd hardly changed in 20 odd years. Still gorgeous.
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I tracked down a girl I went out with five years in my late teens. She's not actually on Facebook but her sister is and I was able to see my old flame in the family photos.
I still think of Lisa with a glass of lager in one hand and a cigarette in the other, while behind her, a DJ with rope-lights is speaking into the microphone and asking if someone could move a blue Ford Escort because it's blocking the entrance.
Twenty five years later and there's Lisa on my computer screen. 45 years old. Glass of lager in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a DJ with rope-lights behind her. Obviously being a photo, one can't tell if the DJ is asking someone to move a blue Ford Escort - but he might be.
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The most gratifying part of Facebook is finding out that kids who bullied you at school have now lost all their hair. There is a God.
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
I guess that could be a downside, all the frozen memories coming back to life with all the baggage they have now.
got on Facebook because many of the people i went to school with are on it. almost all of them really. it's great for staying in touch with them and finding out about all the really cool projects they're involved in while i rot in Thailand. as a people net it's now wider so includes people i'd worked with and i'm even back in touch with many people from my high school.
2nd best thing about it is you have everyone in one place so it's easy to passively stay in touch through stupid little status updates etc. that said it was a lot more fun commenting on people's walls and stuff before my mom signed up.
Imodium can't stop me.
ideally when you accepted a friend you could present the correct facet of your life...high school friend, college, family, thailand...etc.