Funny story. A couple of weeks ago we were working on baby announcements (if you didn’t get one, I probably don’t have your address — let me know if you’d enjoy getting something in the mail that’s not an ad or a bill, because I still have some) and were trying to hunt down a couple of old friends of Matt’s. Why not try Facebook, we thought. We hear it’s the best form of communication since cell phones (which you’ll know I don’t use much anyway, if you’ve ever tried to call or text me). Yes, according to some standards, we are hopelessly behind the times.
In order to search Facebook, as I’m sure you know, you have to sign up for Facebook. So I started an account with exactly three pieces of information. My name, my high school, and my university. There are hundreds of people with my first and last name on Facebook, so I wasn’t thinking anyone would find me, assuming they were looking. But a week later, two friend requests from people I know. And I realized you can have Facebook search for email addresses, so that must be what those two people did.
Well, I would never turn down a friend, so I accepted those two and as I’m sure you can imagine, the social experiment that is Facebook started rolling. Every person that knew those two people got a message that I was now on Facebook (and I added a picture a few days later, just for clarity), and I started getting more friend requests, mostly from people that I only know sort of vaguely. Now I have 34 friends (does that make you think I’m cool?), and I haven’t even tried to find anyone yet. At first I was feeling pretty good — how flattering that these people want to be my friend! Then, I realized that the purpose of Facebook is to get as many friends as possible. Yes, for most of those people, I’m just a means to an end. How do I know that? Well, if we went to school together and haven’t kept in touch, or if we saw each other at a reunion, and they barely gave me the time of day, that’s a hint that we’re not really friends, just “friends.”
Still, what a fun new way to waste time! I hope you’ll want to be my friend too (hint, hint!). Matt and I are contemplating having a contest to see who can get the most friends, because we are total dorks. So far, it’s 34 to 0.