First, watch the trailer above. I CANNOT WAIT.
Facebook is fascinating to me. While I don't understand how people can spend hours of their day looking at profiles and cruising pictures, I've immensely enjoyed catching up with old friends. I am very good at keeping in touch with people. We send out 150+ Christmas cards a year. Obviously, I have problems crossing people off my list. This is in no way an attempt to brag on my abilities to keep up with correspondence. Anyone can mail a letter, send an email or make a phone call.
So, this crazy social network allows each of us a glimpse into the world of close friends, old loves, enemies and the occasional crazy family member. It's genius. The privacy settings provide a bit of security, although, I think we all are aware it can be breached in many ways. Once we hit "send", "comment", "submit".....it's out there. To be read and shared. With your "friends" or anyone else.
I've witnessed the good and bad about Facebook. And, I'm enjoying the ride.
But, if I could be my snarkiest self, I'd recommend the following tips to any user:
1. Please do not feel obligated to squeeze your entire family or spouse or significant other in your profile picture. Adding another person does not make you look more worthy.
2. This goes for babies, too. We're thrilled if you've had one. Now, we just want to see if you're going to take the weight off. (Or gained it back like I have.)
3. Dogs or cats in profile picture? APPROVED.....because that just means you're funny enough to do it.
4. Random pictures including the kind of car you drive conveniently posed in the background is dreadfully transparent. Don't do that.
5. Also don't "tag" a picture of me where I am drunk or looking stupid. I can do both of those things very easily on my own, thankyouverymuch.
6. Writing a note to one of your closest friends about a fabulous event, night out or party = another dreadfully transparent way of announcing that other people are not included. Pick up your damn phone and text if you're unwilling to call said BFF.
7. "Liking" or participating in every Christian group online does not mean you are any less of an asshole in real life.
8. Announcing every single piece of local/national breaking news is annoying. That being said, I wouldn't have known about Michael Jackson for days because I rarely watch TV. But, still.
9. Mentioning the word, "Monday", in any post should automatically revoke your Facebook privileges. IE....."What? Who slipped in a Monday around here today? I was just enjoying Saturday!"
Disclaimer: If you qualify for any of the above critiques from me, please don't be offended. I've participated in nearly half of them. Live and learn, peeps.
Now, leave my blog and go look up your ex and have a field day making fun of his/her new love. We've all done it. It's part of the beauty of this mad online world.