I’m also a newbie on Facebook, the social networking Web site. I’m a Facebook latecomer, having resisted the invitations to join until the same girlfriend who turned me on to my last job sent me a “friend request.” I’ll always respond to her recommendations!
I’m a four week veteran on Facebook, and I see its pluses and addictiveness. For someone with a bit of OCD, Facebook is like a Pavlovian device that renders sufficient numbers of treats to keep me coming back. Joining is free, and you can do it from the privacy of your Internet-ready cell phone!
Here are my top ten reasons endorsing Facebook:
10. You can have your 15 minutes of fame. You choose what and how much to post and control the timing. Would Andy Warhol be surprised at the institutionalization of everyone’s 15 minutes?
9. You can finally feel really popular. Saying “Yes” to everyone’s “friend request” including those from people you don’t know will make your “friend” count rise. My most popular friends are teenagers whose “friends” number in the hundreds.
7. It’s a networking tool. You get to meet new people in cyberspace and leave it there or take it further. Occasionally you might glean useful data. You’ll almost always be amused.
5. You can find dates and mates. From your profile to groups, opportunities are rife to facilitate never having to say, “I’m alone.” Discriminating judgment, though, is still your responsibility.
3. You can share your wisdom with friends and friends of friends. Comment options are built into everything from “Status” to posted “Notes” and “Photos.” You can even comment on someone’s “Comment.” Facebook means never having the last word.
2. You can feel connected to friends near and far through online eavesdropping. For a quickie, check out your friends’ “Status Update.” To satisfy your deeper curiosity and really suck time, click on “Live Feed.”