Here's the deal: last night, inspired by my friend (and I mean that in the real-life sense of the word), Kenneth Maresco, I signed up for a Facebook account. This is the first time I've ever tried one of the social-networking sites before and I'm pretty lost but enjoying the novelty of it all.
First discovery: my dad is already on Facebook. Good grief, now I feel really out of it. But I'm coming to understand how people end up spending their whole life on these sites. They're consuming aren't they? I mean I've been walking around today thinking thoughts like, "I only have two friends. I am a loser."
So I have a few questions for all you Facebook veterans out there that I hope you'll take the time to answer with a comment. Here goes...
1. How many times a day do you check your Facebook account?
2. What do you do when someone you don't know wants to be your friend? This hasn't happened to me yet but it might, and I was homeschooled so I'm not sure what I'll do.
3. What's the most useful thing about Facebook?
4. Are there any really cool add-ons that I should know about?
5. Does your church use Facebook to build "community" online? Give examples. I found out my church already has a group. I'm curious what other churches are doing.
6. Is it true that some people have dumped email and mostly use Facebook to communicate?
7. How do respond when someone posts on your wall? Do you post on their wall, on your own? I'm not clear on this.
8. I joined a group for Humble Orthodoxy and New Attitude. I also considered joining a group called "Josh Harris Ruined My Dating Life" but I was afraid I would spoil the fun they were having. But, boy, could I give them scoop on what a jerk I am. Any other groups I should think about joining?
9. A more serious question: Are there any unique spiritual pitfalls or temptations that you've encountered on Facebook? How have you responded?
10. What does it mean to "poke" someone. How does that work?
11. Why do so many girls use a picture of themselves that includes three other friends? Is this like visiting the ladies room in herds? Is this something I'll never understand as a man?
Okay, that's all I have. Feel free to answer all my questions in a comment or pick and choose. Just make sure to list the number you're answering so I can figure out what you're talking about. I'm going to try and get Shannon to sign up so she can get in touch with her old college and highschool pals.
Oh, one more quick thing. If you're on Facebook, will you please, please, please be my friend? Thanks. I'm tired of being a friendless loser.