Wednesday, February 3, 2010
All of a sudden
Sarah and I were talking about Facebook on our walk the other day and we both agreed that by the time neither of us cared about it anymore and the fad was over in our age group was when the rest of the world suddenly went nuts for it. By the way, the Facebook that I knew and used was a very different thing. It started my freshman year of college, so, first of all, I feel like that grants me the right to say that it made sense for me to join at the time. Also, when it stared, you had to have a college e-mail address to even be able to join. I remember being impressed that a few people had figured out how to make fake accounts. Because back then you would have had to have at least a few tricks up your sleeve to do it. Furthermore (and more to the point), the Facebook of my freshman year was simply the "wall" feature. No commenting on people's stuff, no stupid games or applications, no mega sensitive advertising scheme. Back then we poked each other, wrote "Hey! How're you doing?" on people's walls, and they responded on to our questions back on our own walls. You got laughed at if you accidentally replied on your own wall, especially since that person would never see your response unless they happened to go back to your wall to write something else. And status lines all started with "Your Name is..." It was simple then.
It's not so simple anymore. I literally only ever get on Facebook when I get an e-mail from it saying that somebody is trying to reach me for whatever reason (message, comment, trying to add me as a friend along with the rest of the world all at the same time, etc.) or when I need to send an e-mail to somebody, but I don't have their e-mail address. In that case, I get on Facebook and look them up in order to pass the message along. I don't get on to update my status. I don't get on to see what you updated your status to be. And if I've happened to look at a picture album you added to your profile in the last three years you should consider yourself really honored.
So, back to my original question. Obviously I am not Facebook savvy, so could somebody who is (I hope I haven't offended you too much just now. Obviously I'm still willing to be your friend. I just confirmed 15 of you.) please tell me what's going on?