Facebook…what an odd name for a social network. My face on a book…a book with my face on it? (mmmm…scary to say the least)
I’ve heard non users say it is “too impersonal” or” It just doesn’t work for me”…or “I’d rather write a letter (email) or phone a person if I want to talk to them.” And this is true for a lot of people, to each his or her own, but it’s not true for me.
The fact of the matter is that I don’t have that kind of time to stay in touch with my 300 + friends on a daily basis. Do I have to be in touch with everyone of them everyday…no I don’t! But to know that with a few clicks on the computer here, I can see photos of my family members graduating from HS or college and weddings pics; I find out that a friend just traveled to Italy; learn about various reunions being organized; to see the work done by an old friend on his newly remodeled “Man Cave”; or to know that someone may be going through a painful time, and have the chance to offer support…is, as they say, priceless.
Being on a social network has also allowed me to reconnect with people who I knew a long time ago. It has afforded me the opportunity to tell a friend about how she impacted me as a young teen, and how it has stayed with me and helped guide me through some of my own rough times in life.
And I know that every year on my birthday I will run to my computer and not only see numerous birthday wishes from family and friends, but I will look for the birthday note I know my grade school BFF has sent me! And it will take me right back to those wonderful carefree days when we were little girls sitting on her front porch, sipping sodas and giggling about boys.
I’ve had the chance to make new friends…”New friends…well you aren’t ya suppose to know everyone of these people before ya become friends with them?” Not necessarily…many of my “new friends” are people who I know by name only…yet since we once shared a same path in our lives, it puts us in a position to become real friends and learn about one another!
This social network has made me laugh, cry, cheer, support, and be supported. I am a part of so many small circles of friends and family, representative of my almost 50 years here on earth. And these circles keep getting larger and larger.
I like to think of my circles as the rings which are created when the you toss a bunch of pebbles into a pool of water…each ring will start to grow and grow and eventually these rings all will begin to overlap.
So in conclusion…I like being on a social network…what else can I say?
I am here to stay!