Monday, August 04, 2008

facebooking

I signed up for Facebook, not sure what to expect. I had long ago decided there was no way I was going to join MySpace. Still, I have decided I want to be a greater presence on the web, mostly as a way of self promotion. And because it keeps me off the streets.

The first thing I noted about Facebook was that it tried to find ways for you to interact with people, whether through different gaming activity, or participating in applets that shared information about film interests or books, or ...well just about anything. I've actually enjoyed it. Plus, I've made some friends and reconnected with others. For instance, one gentleman living in California contacted me. He and I went to high school together. Another lifetime. Funny how a name and a face, even one subject to thirty years of change, can spark a rush of memories. They say you live through other peoples' memories of you.

If any of you want to visit me there, just follow this link: facebook Sign up, put me on a friends' list, play a few games with me, write on my wall...whatever. I think the next thing I'll do it put a second blog up on wordpress. Maybe I'll use that site to launch my podcasts.

14 comments:

SQT said...

I have a facebook account that I never use. I am so bad about keeping up with anything that might promote my blog.

Stewart Sternberg said...

SQT, come on and join me. You can fight my vampire with your slayer. Or perhaps you'd like to face me in a battle of a form of scrabble. Perhaps see if your movie tastes and mine conform. Or books.

Charles Gramlich said...

Amazing how many folks online are trying to connect me to people. And after all the work I've done over the years to disconnect

Stewart Sternberg said...

Charles, I don't think disassociation is necessarily trying not to connect.

Zoe Winters said...

LMAO @ "It keeps me off the streets" like you're dealing crack cocaine or something. :P

Yes, I have long contended that MySpace is the trailer park of the internet, but if I won't use it to network, other people will. Snubbing my nose at it doesn't stop it from existing or being effective, so I have succumbed.

I think Facebook is far superior though, especially for its means of engaging others. You are totally kicking my ass in the scrabble knockoff. But I swear I had a 144 point word once.

You're going to do podcasts? Awesome! Fiction or commentary?

I think one overlooked benefit of podcasting is that it's another more personal step and can connect you with your reader better because while words can connect, voice is even more connecting, image even more-so. It's just the little steps we take to remind people that we are in fact real people behind the screen.

Lana Gramlich said...

I only caved in to joining Facebook after 4 or 5 people sent me requests to do so. At that point I figured it might be worth it. Of course, those same people who never bothered to e-mail me now never bother to contact me through Facebook, either. Once in a while I get sent an invite for an application, to which I respond "ignore all application requests from this user." I have 2 too many; Oregon Trail (I STILL don't get the point,) & Pet Dragons (ditto.)
Welcome to Facebook, though. I've added you as a friend. If you visit my blog you've already seen everything in my profile, though

Vwriter said...

I'm with Charles. It's hard enough finding time to write. Here's something interesting, though:

My mother builds teams of volunteers to help disadvantaged people in the Detroit area. Two of five people she contacted in a recent effort to help the homeless refused to give their time because it would cut into their online activities.

Vwriter said...

OMG, Zoe, I just saw your line "...the trailer park of the internet." Can I use that one? I'll of course give you credit, but it is so true.

Here's something I saw at a restarurant last week- and absolutely a true story. There were three people at a table having lunch (sort of) and text messaging on their cell phones in between bites. After a while I couldn't stand it and asked the one woman who they were all talking to what with their thumbs manically flying all over their postage stamp sized keyboards. The entire group looked at me like I was crazy. "Well, each other," she said irritably.

Yes, you have it. Three people sitting at the same table text messaging each other instead of talking. So I asked them (really pressing the point) what they were talking about. None of them even looked up. I could have spontaneously combusted and they would have been taking pictures with their camera phone function instead of pouring water on me.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Zoe, it's not always crack.

Vwriter, Rick..you would be thrilled if we all used gas lamps. People communicate online. Deal with it. And as for the volunteer story? Errr...cough....don't believe it. I don't. And the text story? Another Rick fabrication. What you are really doing is trying to justify the fact that it will be another four months before you update your blog.

Zoe Winters said...

LMAO Vwriter. Yes, you may use it.

hahaha Stewart.

Vwriter said...

Both stories are true, unfortunately. But what blog?

Avery DeBow said...

I'd make a superior comeback about the digs against MySpace, but I have to go procreate with some cousins and watch WWE.

I have a new Facebook account by I haven't done anything with it.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Avery, I'll tolerate a lot, but the WWE is off limits. I worship at the altar of MacMahon

Mark Rainey said...

I think I have a Facebook account, but I haven't used it. I've pretty much given up MySpace, except to post a blog now and again -- which is just a mirror of the Blogger and LiveJournal entries. It's hard enough to keep up with any of it and still get anything else done. Still, I might give Facebook another look...eventually.