Facing ‘Facebook’

Posted in Computers & Technology at 10:03 am by Marion


How did … I … get drawn in … but here I am, a fresh-faced … er … Facebook recruit.

For someone working at home all day, without benefits of a bustling office, scintillating co-workers or watercooler conversation, it festoons my day with the creative chatter of peers … even though I’m an office of one.

And like any office, you can get sidelined. I will not admit how much time I spent early this morning confirming friends, sending karma, updating my status and writing on my friends’ walls.

For writers known for, well, procrastinating, it can be a lethal distraction.

If you’re not sucked in … I mean a member of … Facebook, you may be wondering, what is she talking about? What is the attraction?

Let me explain. Facebook is a Web community which gives members several pages for self-expression. Of the most gossipy, trivial … and frankly fascinating … kind. What are your favorite movies, books, TV shows. What are your interests. Where did you attend college, where do you work.

The opportunities for epic conversation threads are limitless via posts, photos, videos, links … the minutia of your day. Everyone has a “wall” … a page that’s a sort of graffiti space, like the old spray-painted cube we had in the pit at UNC. Your “friends” are the people you’ve agreed to allow to write on your wall, and all day long, you post messages and random thoughts, send karma, custom-made buttons and even Southern food. Comings and goings are monitored via everyone’s “status updates.”

If someone ignores you, just “poke” them. I have learned to “super poke,” mostly used on my poor husband.

I wonder how this introverted, reflective, melancholy writer became part of such a noisy, happenin’ place. Yet some guidelines are in order … it’s refreshing to listen more than to talk. And don’t drink or eat too much.

The biggest challenge for me is not inflicting pictures of our animals on too many people. Aren’t they just the cutest? Really, there aren’t that many pictures … you’ve got time, don’t you? Really … you’ll love these pictures … only 58 more of them ….


  1. Gene-o said,

    January 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Little-known fact: There’s a reference to Facebook in Chapter 3 of Revelation. Yet another sign that the End of Days is near!!!

  2. Marion said,

    January 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I think you’re right … one of the horsemen, was it?

  3. Gene-o said,

    January 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Or maybe it was … SATAN!