My early experiences with Facebook were interesting. First, I signed up because (supposedly) you were professionally screwed if you didn’t. Then I got very “meh” about all of the duplicate content and duplicate efforts I was seeing. Status updates were basically tweets I’d already read on Twitter. I found myself basically copying and pasting my profile from LinkedIn over on Facebook. Etc etc etc. Yawn.
Turns out, the problem is that my friends on Facebook were basically my friends on Twitter. So, by the time I checked out Facebook, everything I was seeing was old news.
Time passed, and something happened. More people joined Facebook. And I’m using it more and more.
The people I’m finding on Facebook now are people from high school… people from college… people from old jobs. As it goes more mainstream (and the early, core users probably hate this), more and more people sign up. And those are the folks that weren’t already on Twitter, Flickr, or FriendFeed.
So, suddenly my Facebook news feed is no longer a list of tweets I’ve already read. It’s updates from people I’ve only recently connected with after (sometimes ten) years of silence.
Some Facebook (re)connections:
- Guy from high school who showed me this band called “Nirvana” about a month before Nevermind was released.
- Girl from college who I ran into outside of Build-a-Bear with our respective batches of children. She still looks the same as in college.
- Guy from a couple jobs ago who felt bad that he kept his job while the rest of us were laid off, so he meticulously edited everyone’s resumes (he was a kickass editor).
- My sister’s friend who asked me to her junior prom. I went and we had a great time. But Facebook is the first time we connected since then.
- Bass player of the band I was in circa 1995ish. He was a huge Toadies fan and had a pet squirrel that just walked in his house one day and decided to hang.
- Girl from high school who I traded mix tapes with. She gave me showtunes and I gave her indie rock. Neither of us changed the others’ taste, but I like to think we enlightened each other a bit.
- Girl from high school who was super cute and… I never told her that.
- Ex-girlfriend of my friend (my friend who I was in a band with for a while, is my wife Erin’s cousin, and is the person who introduced me to Erin). I’ll always remember her “X-Ray Techs Do It in the Dark” bumper sticker.
- Guy from college who’s doing simple, standards-based web design in Providence. Basically, he’s me. But we hadn’t spoken in about eight years until recently meeting up.
- Intern from a couple jobs ago who’s lasting effect on my life is introducing me to The Appleseed Cast.
- Best friend from grade school to high school, who’s house I would ride my bike to every day and we’d play baseball until it was dark. If it was raining, we played computer baseball.
- That guy’s little brother, who I have a hard time picturing older than 12 or so years old.
- Girl I worked at the grocery store with… I tried, but failed. But now we’re Facebook buds, so it’s cool.
- Ooops, another girl I worked with at the grocery store with. Tried. Failed. Was kind of the story of my life in 1996.
I know it’s cool for us “open web” advocates to openly complain about Facebook. But you know what? Without it, these people wouldn’t be in my life at all right now.
So, who have you reconnected with?