Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Facebook Friends

“You love it or you hate it!” Well, maybe that is too strong a statement, but when it comes to digital media—especially social networking media--people tend to have strong feelings. Facebook is a good example.

A friend recently commented on the fact that Facebook was a time wasting activity. People were always inviting him to play games, accept gifts, and sending him messages. It was more than he wanted. On the other hand, another person recently noted how she used Facebook to keep family and friends up-to-date on her husband’s recent surgery. To paraphrase her comment, “I just sat at the computer this morning with gratitude for our God who transcends time and space and for Facebook which has allowed almost instant access to so many friends.”

The difference in attitudes, of course, is in how you chose to use the application. Games can be fun or addictive. You can spend so much time with Facebook friends that you neglect family and folks right in your home or community. This is a matter of choice and may require some discipline. I write this to remind myself that I need to provide a proper balance in my own life!

Social networking applications are a matter of choice. I love Facebook and use it to keep in touch with family and friends as well as for professional networking. I am not a fan of Twitter. I tried it and was getting more information than I could process as well as invitations from some folks who wanted to “follow me,” and I was not particularly interested in that happening!

If you have not tried out Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites, give them a try. Once you have evaluated their value (or lack of value) to you, you can remain connected or disconnect. Aren’t you glad that the “delete” button is on your computer?

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