When I first started hearing about Facebook and looked into how it worked, I thought it was very weird. Why do I need Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family ... isn't that what email is for? The whole thing just seemed a little bazarre. O.K. I could see why kids would like it because it's like a giant playground where you can hang out with your friends. Then, during the summer, I had so many people asking me if I was on Facebook. After saying "no", they would say, "you gotta go on. It's so much fun." Then one day I was chatting with Jeff, a guy that I had worked at camp with almost 30 years ago (hey, stop trying to do the math ... I was very young when I worked there,) tell me that he had contacted BJ, another staffer from those summers, and they had been chatting back and forth. Cool, I thought, that I could get into.
So I finally entered the Facebook world in September. For the first couple of weeks I was checking it all the time and searching for everyone that I could think of to see if I could add them to my "friends". I was getting gifts, giving gifts, throwing disgusting things at my brother, writing on people's walls and them writing on mine, and catching up with people that I hadn't talked to in years. The best part was continuing water fights that were started irl at Music Camp. (by the way ... for those on you involved in these water fights, I'm saving all my water so that I can dump a whole pool on you!) It was all very entertaining.
Since those weeks, my Facebook time has settled down. I got rather bored with some of the silly things (like throwing bird turd at someone), and now I'm just keeping up with people, and letting them know that I'm thinking of them by sending them a Christmas present, or a hatching gift. The most fun I have is playing Scrabble with different people on my Friends list.
It is really a weird phenomon.
Spencer is on Facebook too, but everytime I send him a Friend Request he takes great pleasure in denying me. Hmmmmph! I can see how he feels, though, because last week I got a friend request from my own father. That felt weird, but at least I accepted him as a friend.
This is a very funny video of an acapella male group singing about Facebook. By the way, if you're on Facebook, add me to your friends list.