There are so many people on facebook. You can find just about anyone you want to on facebook. I have moved around a lot in my life. I went to three different schools growing up in three different states and I have friends that I went to Elementary School with find me on facebook! All of my family is on facebook, so whenever a family member wants to plan something or just make arrangements to get together all they do is comment on your wall or write you a message! It is a great way to keep up with what your friends are up to. And its a great way for your friends to keep up with what is new with you!
It’s in times of crisis when the human race really displays their ingenuity, creativity and compassion. An organization had a challenge on Facebook that if 100,000 like their page in 10 days, they would donate $100,000 to relief victims of the Japanese tsunami that hit this past weekend. I checked the total and they had over 100,000 today, but I’m not sure if they did it by Sunday, which would have doubled the donation to $200,000. Either way, this is what gives me hope for the future.
In an attempt ot create even more connections, Facebook recently introduced a comment system for blogs that interacts with Facebook. The benefit of this is that as people read your blog and comment, those comments become part of the news feed. So, you can monitor your blog comments from Facebook to a certain extent and facilitate discussions. Some are thinking that this might become the standard tool for keeping trolls out of the blogs, and I agree. I agree with that sentiment due to the popularity of Facebook and how all-encompassing it is becoming.
It seems like Facebook is becoming what Twitter wanted to be from a social standpint. I checked my Facebook account on Sunday night and some people had 7+ status updates all focusing on the Grammy Awards and how each artist had done. I thought this is what Twitter was supposed to be all about. Sending quick little bursts of info. Now, Facebook, where I go to see how friends are doing from a daily life aspect, is where I inevitably get tweets about football games, live events, etc. I’m not really digging that.
This is an interesting revelation, coming from someone who is hoping to stay informed on the current technological trends of the internet. This was brought to my attention by reading Daniel Scocco’s blog in which he mentions the Tehcnorati who keep tabs on the internet. One thing that he mentioned was the use of social bookmarking sites. Most people think of Twitter and Facebook when it comes to social sharing, and the statistics bear that out. But there are other sites that did the bookmarking aspect, such as Digg and StumbleUpon. The data shows though that what is on the public consciousness is also where they go to share links and interesting articles.