When I first created my Facebook profile, I did so in order to communicate with a few people who I met on the old (and seemingly ancient) Yahoo 360 social network. I had become quite good virtual friends with them and didn't want to lose touch with them whenever 360 shut down.
I believed that those few select people (six friends total), would be my entire world on Facebook. Soon enough, however, I started getting friend requests from people I hadn't seen since high school or college. Knowing them, I decided to approve their friendship and quickly found myself chatting with them about their new families, their new homes, and their new careers.
In a very short amount of time I accumulated around seventy or so friends. All of them (excepting the original six) were people that I knew from my real, blood and bones life.
It was after these seventy people that things started getting weird. I began "liking" pages on Facebook that pertained to my interests such as science fiction, movies, and the New Orleans Saints. All of a sudden, complete strangers started wanting to be my friend supposedly due to sharing my interests. A few of them were obviously spammers hoping to attract me to their website because they all had similar canned friendship messages attached to their request. They also usually included a profile photo of a scantily clad girl who looked to be somewhere in her late teens (Why don't they ever use a photo of a scantily clad late 20's/early 30's woman? That's more interesting to a guy my age. Oh well, I guess that belongs in another review!).
Anyway, after sifting through and denying all of the nineteen year old hotties wanting to be my friend, I was usually left with a bunch of people who I knew absolutely nothing about. Some of them had public profiles with access to tons of personal information about them. It scared me to be quite honest with you. Needless to say, I denied all of them as well.
As time progressed, friendship requests started to slow down. I picked up a few new friends here and their after befriending them in real life, and thanks to Facebook's security features, I can actually block a few of the friends that I don't know that well from seeing certain parts of my profile, especially pictures of me and my family.
Ironically, many people who wouldn't say two words to me in high school or college seem to want to be my friend now. This is a very strange phenomena to me. One of my old bullies tried to friend me as well, but I simply denied his request. Sure, he might have changed and matured with time, but one thing I've learned is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In other words, once a meathead, always a meathead!
I've also found that I tend to talk more with the friends I've made in the past five years and rarely talk to old friends from high school. I can only guess that the reason this is is due to the fact that I have more in common with them than my old high school pals.
As a rule, I only accept friend requests and do not usually send them to anyone. Maybe that's strange, but I look at it this way: If a person wants to be my friend or reunite from days gone by, they'll get in touch with me. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I'm not a big fan of being turned down for friendship requests, but have no problem denying others!
Overall, Facebook can be a very useful tool to get back in touch with people you've lost contact with. It can also help you keep up with your current friends and plan times to get together. And if you're into science fiction conventions like I am, Facebook can help you get in touch with people in the know in that community.
I like Facebook. I use it almost everyday. I never thought that I would, but it has become a key part of my life. Besides, Facebooking someone sounds a lot cooler than "tweeting" them!
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Facebook is a social networking website launched on February 4, 2004. The free-access website is privately owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. The website's name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some US colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus.