There is no doubt that Facebook changed the face of communication for the majority of the world. It allows you to easily keep in touch and do broad updates about your life to everyone you decide to friend on there. It’s a great way to keep up to date on family, friends, and share your adventures with the world. However, because of it’s very nature, facebook often has two camps of people who talk about it – those who use it, and those who complain about it.
Typically the people out there who complain about it talk about how people you barely talked to in high school try to friend you – and they go on a rant about how if they didn’t talk to you in high school, why would they want to talk to you now.
I’m here to tell you – you should friend all those people from high school, especially if you’re just out of college and back in your hometown. To do that, I’m going to use my own life experiences to illustrate the point:
In the past month – facebook has done the following things for me:
1. Found me a roommate to replace one that was moving out. You see, Q needed a place to crash for a while because some things in his life that caused him to be temporarily homeless. I had a room available. What started as him just using my room as a hotel for a couple nights ended up with him being the perfect replacement for the roommate moving out. That never would have happened if I hadn’t been looking on facebook while bored waiting for my boyfriend to call me and seen his, “I need a place to crash for a couple nights!” post.
2. Because Q started crashing in my room – my roommate Katina was able to help him get a job at her place of employment. So, because I read his facebook post, he met someone who helped him get a job. (Another win for facebook.)
3. Last week, I posted a picture to facebook of a nasty spider bite on my leg. I wasn’t sure if I needed to go to the doctor over it – and I really didn’t have the time to do a regular doctor visit. Not one – but two people who I rarely talked to in high school responded with their own experiences, what I should look out for, and what they had to do with spider bites. This helped me gauge if I needed to see a doctor. (I did get a little bit of a bulls eye but it’s healing up rather nicely without a doctor visit, so thank you to the people who told me what to look for.)
4. On Saturday night, I was sitting watching the TV on top of my coffee table and realized that I needed an entertainment center for the TV because the set up I have now is totally ghetto-rigged from various pieces of furniture. I post on facebook that I’m looking for an entertainment center if anyone has one, and a person that I think I’ve said all of 2 words to in my entire life, hits me up saying his roommate – whom I don’t know – just put one outside. He sends me a picture and says I can get it for $20 which is totally within my tiny budget. It’s classic, and glass, and exactly what I wanted / needed. So not only did facebook net his roommate $20, but it totally hooked me up with something I needed.