After holding out from joining yet another social network, I finally signed up on Facebook, and was amazed at the automation Facebook does to connect people. It does a pretty
scary good job at matching me to people I actually know in real life.
I’ve read a lot about Facebook on various web industry sites, especially about developers writing applications, but had no interest in joining. My brother Jack uses Facebook daily to connect with people, which I witnessed when he would log on everytime he came over.
Before my 10 year reunion, I signed up on MySpace to reconnect with classmates, and was horrified at how bad the web design was. It was hard to use, too many advertisements flashing at me constantly, and the messaging system left much to be desired. I’m thankful they’ve reworked their interface, but I still felt bombarded by advertisements—thankfully less of the fleshy type.
So far, I’ve been quite impressed with Facebook’s functionality and ease of use. I think after the initial set up, I won’t be using it as frequently. I would like to continue using our blog to document our lives, but I can see using Facebook on keeping tabs with friends while we are learning parenthood. I don’t have the time to maintain Facebook like others have, but I enjoy learning about people, strangers and close friends, by what they share on their profiles.
And now, I’ve got Jennilyn signed up just to see how many friends she can accumulate in a few days…