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Facebook

Blogging seems to have taken a back seat this week. Of course all the usual things that get in the way of it are still getting in the way of it, but a new element has entered the equation that has started eating into blogging time.

Facebook.

I’d been invited to join a few times in the past but the front page is fairly dull and the site tour doesn’t inspire much confidence, but after the fourth invite from someone I knew I thought I’d try it out.

Now I have yet another thing to be addicted to.

I really hadn’t been expecting much. I figured it was going to be a poor imitation of MySpace, would only have a handful of people signed up to it and would probably disappear in a few months.

It turns out there are over 30 million people currently on Facebook

I’ve found precious old friends I’d lost contact with and several people I never expected to bump into. I was even recently sent a message from the drummer in my school band, Granite (we played Hard Rock, obviously), who I’d not seen or heard from for at least 24 years.

There are all sorts of groups and networks you can join, from regional to political, hobbies to fashion, religious to historic, including one or two that seemed like they were tailor made specifically for me.

It’s quite a different style of ‘social networking’ to blogging and I can see how the two will compliment each other well. It certainly won’t replace the blog because it fills a different need, however it has been a little distracting while I’ve been setting up my page and exploring what can be done with it.

So, for anyone who is signed up to Facebook, or plans to be, look me up – I think I’m the only Kim Ayres on there with a beard – and add me to your friends list.

In the meantime, we apologise for any disruption. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

10 comments

Mary Witzl said...

I am almost afraid of joining Facebook as I am now so busy just trying to do all the things I do. You aren't the only person who has said that it is addictive, and I can just picture the weeds in the garden growing to waist height, the dust building up to an inch of thickness, dinner not getting cooked, etc., as I get absorbed in yet another computer-related activity. I do believe that my husband might file for divorce, so I may wait a while before I join Facebook. But the thought of meeting old friends is wonderful...

Dr Joseph McCrumble said...

Hi Kim - like you I was a bit reticent, but now I'm lovin it like a double quaterpounder with cheese. I've even managed to sell a copy of the book. I like all those little applications you can add. Good to see you there! At times like these, it's good to know who your cyber friends are...

Joe

Kim Ayres said...

Mary - come on in, the water's lovely!

Dr McCrumble - the rate at which you have been joining groups is almost alarming - Viruses are my friends, Neglected Diseases Awareness, My day is not complete without talking about parasites... - looks like you're in parasitology heaven

Kuin said...

Hi kim ..I have been on there a little while myself I have sent you a friend request. Happy facebooking!

Kanani said...

No, I can't do it.
Not yet.
Maybe someday.
When I finish my book.

Foot Eater said...

My wife's been trying to get me to join her on Facebook. One of her friends recently lamented the fact that she (the friend) is 'so much older than everyone else here'. She's 32, five years younger than me but three years older than my wife.

I scurried away, terrified and mortified.

PI said...

Thirty Million? I don't like crowds.
Really what Kanani says is my reaction but as that infamous Scot said -'Never say never!'

Kim Ayres said...

Kuin - see you there

Kanani - Give it a few more weeks, someone else will suggest it, then another, then you'll give in and see what it's all about. Peer pressure is a terrible thing...

Foot Eater - Well I'm 40 and I've met a couple of school friends there, so you won't be the oldest.

Pat - There are even more people blogging :)

Carole said...

I tried taking a peek, but it seemed quite hard. I will just continue to enjoy your posts. You have a knack for making every post interesting.

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Carole. Comments like that keep me posting. Hope you enjoy the latest one :)

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