Facebook FTW!

I’ve moved around my whole life, and one thing that happened over and over again when I was a kid was that I would totally lose touch with people as I moved, no matter how much we swore to each other that we’d stay in touch.

When I moved back to the States from Italy, I swore again not to lose touch. Email worked a little better than the plain old paper and pen, air mail envelope method, but that and visiting once a year didn’t seem to be enough.

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Enter Facebook 2007. Yes, it was that long ago. The first year or so, it didn’t make much difference, but by 2010, many of my Italian friends were on and those that weren’t contacted the others. I got to see everyone I know and love in Italia that year.

This week, I had another fabulous visit to a town I love and guess what? Facebook helped with this visit, too. I got to see people I haven’t seen in 20 years. I was talking with someone this morning and he asked me why is one social media any better than any other. He mentioned MySpace, which cracked me up. You know me, I’ll try to answer anything but it took me a few minutes to come up with my answer to Facebook’s popularity (I’m sure there are research projects and advertising geniuses who actually know the answer, this is just my own opinion). I think that one of the things that really improved Facebook’s staying power was the popularity of smartphones. Being connected 24/7 with my people from all over the world has definitely improved my social life.

Today, I’m grateful to Facebook and modern technology.

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