Wednesday, February 3, 2010

All of a sudden

Why am I so popular on Facebook all of a sudden?  (The phrase "all of a sudden" is really strange now that I think about it.  Am I saying it wrong?)  Anyway, so I have literally had at least 15 people request to add me as their friend on Facebook within the past 24 hours.  Why?  They're all people I know (at least to some degree), so I don't think it's some sort of spam thing.  But I really don't understand why I've suddenly become so desirable as a Facebook friend.  Especially since I never do anything on Facebook.

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?

5 comments:

alee said...

I think it is "all of the sudden"...right? Or am I loco?

Bryan Lewis said...

http://grammartips.homestead.com/sudden.html

JuliaKoponick said...

Okay, I think I can answer your question. You put a blog post on your facebook page. I went to see it, and then it came up and asked me to suggest friends for you. (No, I don't know why it did it, but it seems to pretty randomly ask me to suggest friends for people I see.) So, I went through and suggested all the people on my list, who I knew that you knew.

Sorry it isn't that exciting.

Erin said...

Do you know that the first time I ever heard about Facebook it was because Kiley had to give like safety tips about it? They made all the RAs tell their floors to be safe and stuff, and I was like, what the heck is Facebook? And then Holly Baker taught me the ways. But then I still didn't want one, so for like a year and a half, possibly 2, I would log in as Teenwhiz, jsut to look at people's pictures, but then I jsut got my own. Anyway, you reminiscing about Freshman year coinciding with the advent of Facebook (I think) made me think of that. And I liked the simple one too. What's with the games and stuff? Weird.

ali said...

you are just too cool sista-girl.