Facebook is this world where whether you care or not, or want to know or not, you’re going to learn about someone’s kid not napping or misbehaving or being potty trained or having a fever. Or your going to have the people who post photo after photo of themselves. Or you’ll get the animal lovers who post pictures of their dog in every place possible.
Or you get the chronic complainers, which let’s face it your life probably isn’t that bad. And frankly you’re in control of it so make changes if you’re unhappy! Or you have the people who chronicle every moment of everyday. So while these people and status updates might drive me (and others!) insane, it’s also this giant fascinating virtual world that I love and I’ll tell you why.
It started when I read the book Socialnomics two summers ago. After reading it I started to realize the benefits of social media and how it can simplify your life, allow you to be productive all while staying in touch with family and friends.
A few ways Facebook has simplified my life…
We were having issues with our landlord and lack of support/upkeep on things. Instead of spending a ton of my time researching renter’s right in Massachusetts I wrote a status update on Facebook with some questions to which about 13 people replied. Within about 20 minutes I had all the information I needed and within 3 days we had all the issues taken care of in the house.
You might remember just a few weeks ago when I needed the boot. Well, again, a Facebook status asking if anyone had one resulted in a family member (3rd or 4th cousin or something) replying that she worked for a medical supply company. Within a day I had that boot on my foot.
With all the couponing I do I get a lot of products and supplies for free or incredibly cheap. While we’re transitioning over to all either homemade products or organics to lessen the amount of toxins in our home and lives I still can’t pass up couponing for traditional products because they can always be donated.
I had a huge haul that was overtaking the closet so I posted asking if anyone knew a great place to donate. A college classmate responded within minutes and within the same week I had donated a great load of stuff to the organization she worked for.
There are so many more reasons too. I love the articles people post, learning that old classmates got married or had a baby. Engagements and birthdays and photos of growing children. So although there can be an incredibly annoying side to it, there’s also this incredible virtual world that has changed the way people live their lives. And that’s pretty cool!
What about you…what do you love or hate about Facebook?