Last week the social networking site Facebook became the most visited site in America. It's been a huge phenomena for quite some time, but I never expected it to get more hits than the mighty Google. I think this caught a lot of people by surprise (people like me who don't normally follow these types of things). Apparently there are over 400 million active profiles on Facebook, a staggering number.
I will admit to being behind the learning curve, and still not grasping the value of Facebook beyond a social networking site, despite what all the networking gurus are telling me. I am a little too shy to impose my businessy things on people who are ostensibly my friends (and rank strangers who have felt the need to add me). I just use it as a tool to keep in touch with people whose real email addresses I am too lazy to remember.
I remember joining up a couple of years ago when I accepted an invitation, after having turned down a few, figuring it would be some passing fad for kids and I was too old for it. I figured wrong. Just like the carp working their way up into the Great Lakes, Facebook became a force that could not be denied. I have learned several things over these last couple of years, and I will share them.
1) If you have teen aged children (especially daughters), for heaven's sake, DO NOT look at their profiles and DO NOT accept friend requests from their friends. You do not want to see the pictures and read the heart-rendering missives that they author. It is not for the faint of heart. Unless you enjoy feeling like a peeping Tom, it's best to cover your eyes and resist the temptation to click on their profiles.
2) I thought I had a rather mundane life until I saw how many people have the time to cultivate cyber farms and virtually beat each other up through applications like Mafia Wars. It seems as if some people spend half their waking hours earning some sort of virtual currency that is of no use in the real world. Aaaar matey, you be the king of the pirates, now go explain to the landlord why the rent's not on time. Shiver me timbers. I realize that my life is positively filled with activity now.
3) There is a reason why I have not been in contact with certain people for many years. Facebook is a good reminder why I didn't like certain people back in the day, and why I'm still likely not to be particularly fond of them now. Leopards do not change their spots, and twenty odd years on, some of theses people seem to be very much the same. I had forgotten about the incident in Quebec City when I was forced naked into the elvator at the Hilton Hotel and sent down to the lobby by my rambunctious and bigger roommates on a ski trip. I still don't find it funny. Lol.
4) It is not a good idea to be around anyone with a camera after a few drinks at the pub. The photographs that I frantically have to "detag" the next day are proof positive that I might not be as debonair as I generally think I am when I'm drinking. It is especially not good being tagged in a photo entitled "hootershooter".
5) It is unecessary to tell the world what you are feeling at the moment unless you want to invite unsolicited comments. The picture below should explain this.