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Friday, February 11, 2011

Facebook Baby!!!!

Facebook is weird but imagine if we didn’t have it…

Love it or hate it Facebook is here to stay, well in my humble opinion it is. I mean I can’t imagine my life without it. I have even allowed my kids to get pages with strict supervision of course. I recently tried to get hold of someone I was volunteering with and picked up my phone and her contact information was gone and I was lost. I had to resort to picking up the Junior League directory and finding her number on a page and dialing it and talking to her voicemail. What I had wanted to do was shoot a quick text to her telling her I was running late… duh.. The project had already been underway for an hour, I think she knew I was late!!!

My point is that I have synced my contacts from FB in my phone so I can just about get a hold of ANYONE I know without all the hoopla of looking up a number in a stupid directory!!!!!!!!  It’s easy, efficient and just one of the many perks of having your friends info at your fingertips.

When I finally arrived like two hours late, at the very end of the project, I suck, she told me she had deleted her FB page for fear of pedophiles. A just fear, but one that I have to put into the back of my mind and reassure myself that if it’s gonna happen it’s going to be a lot closer to home than someone on the internet. In my mind it’s all about what you put out there and who you allow to see it as to what’s going to happen. I mean I’m a social networking junky. I love it all, FB, Twitter, Youtube, Google, Blogger you name it. There are millions upon millions of Mama bloggers and now that FB has extended to more than just individual pages there are cheesillions of peeps out there all competing for followers and likers and what have you. It’s a jungle out there!! However, I still believe that the responsibility is mine as to what’s out there. I don’t have a phone number listed on my page, I don’t have my privacy settings to public and I don’t allow friends of friends to see my stuff. Strictly friends only. But hey, you have a blog, I hear you cry.. Yes I do and it’s out there for those unscrupulous folks to steal my shit, I know that. But it’s also only the shit that I allow to be stolen that’s out there. And as my blog is pretty uninteresting and just about a middle aged  Mom in South GA it’s not something I can see the next criminal genius being too bothered about hacking my pics of cows in fields!

Back to FB. I can’t live without it. I have moved around a lot and without “the fb” as George W Bush calls it, I would probably have lost touch with a lot of dear friends. My kids are using it as a tool to get to know their cousins in England, and it’s so awesome for that. I have friends from just about every continent, where else could I catch up with them and see their little daily goings on? I know there’s so much going on in the background and that they are targeting me for certain marketing but who cares… it‘s on the screen now instead of in my mail box which means less trees are being slaughtered in the name of marketing. It’s just a movement from one media to another that’s all. Remember when you used to get a ream of brochures in the mail and that was annoying, well it’s the same thing but you can ignore it more easily. Sounds good to me.

Just remember this… FB is no replacement for exercise… get a smart phone and FB while you walk. Just sayin’. hee heeee.  

Oh and if you like this... then follow me on ... yep.. FB!!!!

8 comments:

Mighty M said...

Funny post. I tried doing FB while on the elliptical - it messed with my equilibrium enough that I haven't tried it again. :)

mama-face said...

I love fb too. One of things I like best is that it is another way to communicate with my children who no longer live at home.

I can't imagine walking and facebooking though. I'm far to uncoordinated. I also wish I could work twitter effectively. Maybe there is just a point where age makes a difference. :)

Char said...

ehhh, if they steal my stuff they steal it. i need to remember to upload lower resolution stuff for them to steal.

it's not like i'm making any money off of my art so, they are not taking money out of my hand.

Alexa said...

I, too, don't have any contact info on my page, and my pictures and profile are only viewable to my friends, and I personally know everybody on my friends list. I think it's best for everyone to do that.

And, I am so thankful for Facebook when it comes to being able to keep up with people I grew up with, people I went to high school and college with, people I used to work with or go to church with, etc. I would only see most of these people maybe once once every 5 years so it's nice being able to keep up with their lives in between run-ins. It kind of takes the fun out of high school reunions but that's ok to me.

Brian Miller said...

you know i gave up FB about 2 months ago...i do miss it at times...but

beth said...

i'm on the fence with FB....

i love reuniting with old high school friends, but that's about it....

and walking and reading at the same time....ok, now you've challenged me to something new. i'll try it just for fun :)

Liz said...

I am totally addicted. Bless the young bored college student who developed it. I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE IT!

Keely said...

I thought I was one of the last FB holdouts amongst my friends but I've been on there for almost 4 years. Frightening.