Saturday, December 06, 2008

why facebook is extremely interesting

You guys know everything about me... but I didn't even know things as basic as names (or blog identities) for some of the lurkers who've come out of the woodwork with facebook! Also, now I know re: frequent commenters what you do, what you like, what you look like, etc. It's REALLY cool!

Uh, yeah, for anyone who wasn't clear, I'm a facebook addict.

25 comments:

JES said...

I've been "managing" a Facebook page for a small poetry press I do some work for, but don't have one of my own yet.

Hard to say why, exactly. But it sometimes feels like I don't give enough time and attention to the handful of "connections" I've got in real life -- keeping tabs on several dozen (or more) "friends" online, all at once (as I'd feel obliged to), just scares me as a potentially enormous time sink, for potentially infinitesimal benefit.

I can understand the appeal of putting faces to names and so on, as you describe here. But won't that wear off? What do you see your FB presence giving you that (say) your blog, professional associations, and so on don't give you?

(That sounds like a gruff challenge, not meant that way. Just trying to figure it all out.)

Jill Wheeler said...

*off to add you*

moonrat said...

JES--it's really interesting, actually, just because I have no idea how many people read my blog. I've learned this way that a lot of people who don't log in or comment are ongoing lurkers, and it's just nice to have some reciprocity in relations.

Does that sound funny? It's just something I've felt bad about before--a lot of people know a lot about me, and it seems unfair that I don't know them as well.

Justus M. Bowman said...

She knows all of my secrets!

Ian said...

I love facebook. And I love reading your blog. Now it's like the chocolate of your blog spilled all over the peanut butter of facebook and peanut butter cups are my favorite candy!

Now I'm hungry...

JES said...

Well, okay -- I'm not much of a networker (gee, could you tell???) but will give it some attention. I'm prepared for a thunderbolt of understanding w/out really expecting one. :)

David said...

Now I'm suddenly wondering how easy it would be to make up a completely fake identity for Facebook.

Not that I did! Or want to! And it wouldn't by itself be an interesting or fruitful plot element for a novel. I'm just wondering.

Ann Victor said...

Facebook is my favourite piece of technology!!!

And, Moon Rat, from my blog dashboard I got the stats that your blog has 115 known followers. That's not counting regular lurkers or occasional visitors who haven't outed themselves as an official follower. I don't suppose there's any way of tracking that.

There is a widget somewhere on Blogger (Under layout - add a gadget, I think)which allows you to show who your followers are.

And this is probably waaaay more info than you wanted or needed! :):)

Ello said...

that's because you are popular! You have fans! Lots and lots of fans!!!

I'm off to throw a sheep at you.

Anonymous said...

I'm a regular lurker, Moon Rat. I just don't have a blogger account.

Oh, and my pic on fb is 20 years old now. (I put it up to celebrate our anniversary) I hope to put a new one up soon.

Probably TMI, but oh well.

WandaV

Kate Lord Brown said...

Facebook is fab - far prefer it to MySpace and Bebo. Only way I stay in touch with friends overseas. Will poke you next time I'm on Moonie

Madame Lefty said...

It must be so strange and fun to find out who all your new followers are on Facebook.

I hope you have a blast with it!

Shelli said...

I never thought I would be friends with a moonrat :) YOu haven't aged a day :)
shelli
http://faeriality.blogspot.com/

Ebony McKenna. said...

Hey Moonie,
you say addicted like it's a bad thing?

I am resisting the urge to play on-line scrabble, because I really should be writing instead.

angelle said...

ie: u are a stalker bc now u know everyhting about everyone but nobody knows anything about you!

except me, of course, bc im awesome.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm trying to stay away from any more online stuff. I'm already so busy with blogger.

Navah said...

Have you seen this?

http://learningtoread.livejournal.com/77668.html

Seems like other people are getting on your bandwagon...

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

LOL, you've really got the hang of FB now, haven't you! :-)
And you know what, I still don't "know" who you are - I feel thoroughly disadvantaged!
;-)

SAVanVleck said...

Okay, I have to update my web page, I have two blogs, I'm on MySpace and now it's off to figure out Facebook.

And is it any wonder I have not finished my final edit yet???

My pic here is current, but since I mostly lurk, you wouldn't know me anyway.

Simon said...

Hi. I visit your blog weekly. I'm a healer and medium. I write about my experiences.

Is this like speed dating? I don't smoke, drink socially, and shave infrequently. Hi, Simon.

ilyakogan said...

Just added you...

Melanie Avila said...

I'm also an addict. :)

Linda said...

Yeppers, facebook's where it's at... I love finding out more about my cyber - and virtual - freinds. Though my facebook circle is smallish (sigh) cuz I don't have oodles of time to mine the data, it IS a fun circle and a most convenient way to keep up with folks. Glad you're my 'friend'! Peace, Linda

word ver: impropo - love it!

Sarahlynn said...

"Now I'm suddenly wondering how easy it would be to make up a completely fake identity for Facebook."

Very easy! The hard part is remembering whether I'm logged in as myself or as my special-secret-genre-writer-self and not getting the two identities mixed up.


(Sarahlynn is the real me.)

Beth Partin said...

I'm a follower...just get behind from time to time.