Do you Facebook?
Are you resisting the latest wave of social networking? Are you thinking about joining, but biding your time, waiting in the wings, hesitant to wrap your brain around something that takes you away from actually interacting with real, flesh and blood people? Or are you obsessed with flinging flair, showering flowers, messaging with muppets, or issuing invitations with names like Packrat, Buy Your Friends, and Are You a Moron?
I would be the first to admit that I have been all three of the above. Against. Resistant. Obsessed.
Well, maybe not quite obsessed. I think my friends Brandy, Beth, Susan, and Ana might fall under that category.
Brandy joined just a couple of nights ago and stayed up until one in the morning making Flair, all after a simple conversation with
Beth and Susan who had just joined the week before. And
Ana, well Ana does this kind of thing for a living, so it's OK.
It's all OK, really, I've decided. It's actually quite a lot of fun. Tonight I IM'd on Facebook with a dear, dear friend from college whom I haven't seen in years. I never would have picked up the phone this evening to talk with her--but there she was, in the little window that tells me which of my friends are currently online so I pinged her, chatting for over an hour! So good to talk with you Miss Pat! While we were catching up I also requested to be friends with her daughters and I can't wait to keep in touch with them as well. I also requested to be friends with a guy from high school I haven't seen since our ten-year reunion and even though I'm a little chapped that he didn't request a friendship with me first, I will, in the spirit of true Facebook fellowship, offer the first entreaty.
I found another friend from high school and we're working out a lunch together.
I don't have the most "friends" in the world, and most of the "friends" I do have are work-related--people I see every day. Or industry-related, which is fun. But it's a great way to touch bases with my daughters, their friends who are making their way into the world, and hopefully I'll start connecting with more and more of my own friends from way back when.
I am, after all, still interacting with real, flesh and blood, live, warm bodies--I'm just doing it through a computer screen and loving every minute of it. (Especially when Nicole and I are sitting not two feet from one another and IM-ing each other on Facebook! Loads o' silly fun!)
What do you think of social networking? Against? Resistant? Obsessed?
If you're in, I'd love to be your "friend," and if you're a Facebook member, there's a new Paper Crafts Facebook Group, which my buddy Ana created herself just today.