Just thought I would chime in on Dave’s post since I had the oposite experience with Facebook. Ever since I started using it, it has been immensely useful, mostly in keeping track of friends in a spam free environment. I first checked it out in order to see the integration with Mugshot. I quickly found a friend I had in High School and started messaging her. Then someone I took a cooking class with friended me and sent me a message asking about the other classes I had taken. I’ve ended up gathering information about a dental office she works in and will be making an appointment when I get back home. From there I was friended by someone I had met in Thailand who’s family was friends with my family. We used Facebook to meetup in London before I flew off to Amsterdam last weekend. I was also able to find a Swedish friend who I had worked with at E-Trade some years ago. Not to mention I can see what my brother is up to.
For people who have a very centralized life, Facebook isn’t really that compelling but for someone like me who has good friends all over the world but am often only in a place for short periods of time it becomes the ideal tool to keep intouch and plan.
BTW – The one thing I found interesting in my travels is the progression of contact information which people ask for. First it was address to send letters, then it was phone number when cell phones became prevalent, e-mail and AOL Instant messenger were big the last few years and on this trip it’s been almost exclusively, “do you have a Facebook account?”[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]