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“What’s on your mind?” Facebook has been asking me that for years (well, technically it was phrased differently but you get the point) and I’ve rarely answered. I can’t seem to find anything that important to tell people about. I joined Facebook in 2009, mainly to create a page for someone else, then spent time trying to figure out the difference between a group and a page. It’s easy now- a group is closed to the public. But back in the olden days of 2009, that wasn’t as clear as it is now.

Anyway, I do find Facebook has some valuable stuff. For instance, in real life it’s considered rude, to butt in on someone else’s conversation, but it’s perfectly fine on Facebook. You can butt in and tell them how they should live their lives like you do. Swear if you want to. Or just laugh at their misfortune. It’s all perfectly acceptable.

If I sent you a card in the mail everyday inviting you to play a game with me, you would consider me annoying and may even get the police and a restraining order. But on Facebook, people can piss you off everyday with a request to play Farmville or Anthille or dunghille, or whatever it is they’re playing now. Get away- I have no farm animals for you, or hay, or gold coins, or whatever you want. If I did have those, I’d sell them and get some real cash.

It’s also impolite in public to yell across the room at someone so everyone else hears you. But in Facebook land, you can write “Thanks for last night, honey,” on someone’s wall and all 632 of your friends and 500 of theirs, not only know all this, but they all click “Like.” Imagine 1,000 people standing in applause at such a thing.

I won’t even mention what you can do with pics.

So yes, I’ve had a very funny relationship with Facebook. What got me interested in the Facebook thing was the fact no one replied to emails anymore. Their inboxes were too full, so they all went to Facebook instead. It’s true. Everybody just left and you had to go find them on Facebook.

What I liked about Facebook was the ability to follow news, blogs, magazines and such because whenever something happened, it showed up on Facebook. I remember the medieval days when if I wanted to have someone else read the same article I read, I would cut it out of the newspaper, put it in an envelope with a stamp, and send it to them. In a week’s time, they would have read it too, and probably would have written a letter back to me about how great it was. But now, reading articles anywhere on the web, you usually have a “share” button which directly connects it to your Facebook page.

What’s great about this is you can really get people stirred up, or even more, have them “unfriend” you, a new word made possible by Facebook. In real life, breaking up is hard to do, but all it takes is a button telling Facebook they are no longer your friend. Why didn’t someone think about this before now? In some cases, they’ll never even know it. Some friend, huh? They don’t even notice you when you’re gone. What a world! I was actually friends with my 2nd-grade teacher until I shared an article about the New Hampshire Legislature wanting to save money and get rid of mandatory kindergarten. Live free and die, remember. And don’t be educated. So I shared the article with a comment about them being neanderthals or something, to which she, ironically objected to. She agreed kindergarten wasn’t necessary. I’m not sure if it was that or later posts but all of a sudden she was gone. Now how many people can say their 2nd-grade teacher unfriended them? I’m in an exclusive group!

So anyway, I should answer the questions for this assignment. I think Facebook is great for staying up with what is happening in the library world. I follow several college libraries and other organizations because it is easier than a bunch of email subscriptions. A lot of my Facebook friends are former students and I interacted with one the other day who had a question in writing a college paper. This would never have happened in any other way.

Libraries need to be on Facebook if, for no other reason than everyone and everything is already on Facebook. A Facebook page has replaced your website page as the place many people go first to find your organization. And it looks really nice to have that big blue Facebook icon that says “Find us on Facebook.”

They’ll click it. They can’t help themselves. And then you’ll find out what’s on their mind.


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