‘Facing’ the Future 7


Bless me Mother for I … well, not sinned, but technology is whizzing along faster than I can keep up. How do I know this? Because today I decided to try to figure out Facebook. Actually I signed up for a page last year and even managed to ‘friend’ a couple of people – and I really do mean, just a couple. But there it sat. Unused. Mainly because I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to be doing on it.

It’s annoying to me. You see, I used to be on the cutting edge of computers. I worked for the education department of a major bank and was witness to the first desktops when they were released, I worked with IBM – again in the education department and watched as they released the PS2 (remember those?) I taught at a local college – everything from Introductory Computers to the entire MS Office suite. I programmed, I designed webpages, I did Tech Support for a national ISP (before they moved it to India.) I was even on the net before it was called the net.

And yet, I find sites like Facebook and Myspace … challenging.

After Brooke London’s gentle prod and wonderfully patient email about how to work a few things, I added about a dozen more friends (by rooting through other people’s lists of friends.) And, again thanks to Brooke, figured out how to add a couple of applications – Scrabulous (OMG is that ever going to be a time suck), and something called SuperPoke which I couldn’t get to work. And I even created my own personal ‘badge’. Whatever that’s to be used for. But here it is!

Leah Braemel's Facebook profile

So if you have any hints of how Facebook should help me as a networking tool, or if you just want to friend me please, I’m on my knees begging you. HELP me!


7 thoughts on “‘Facing’ the Future

  • J.K. Coi

    Welcome to Facebook, may nothing in your life ever be private again, LOL. Now you just need MySpace (I can help with that one)

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    I guess that’s why everybody asked the speaker at GRW Saturday if it was on My Space. Didn’t sound like anyone was familiar with Facebook.

  • Leah Braemel

    JK, I have a Myspace page, though it needs major work. Similar thing over there re the coding. I’ll definitely need help with that one too, although my webmistress has a deal on to set the graphics etc. up so it’ll look like my webpage.

    I think one of the most intimidating things is how much time it takes to set it up and ‘friend’ everyone. It’s an overwhelming timesuck.

    Marley – yeah, I think there are those who MySpace and Facebook are sort of like IE and Firefox – people tend to use one or the other. Personally I think I like Facebook because it just seems easier to use, and frankly looks more ‘grown up’/professional.

  • Tempest Knight

    *LOL* I know how you feel. The weird thing is that I mastered MySpace faster because I found it easier than Facebook. I opened an account, which sat there for a long time before I began to add friends.

    I think technology like fashion is a thing that comes and goes. Not long ago it was blogs. Suddenly everyone discover blogs, and so they all have to have a blog. Then it came MySpace, and now it’s Facebook. I wonder what will be next…

  • Leah Braemel

    Tempest – Twitter’s next on the scope from the looks of it. *shakes head* I don’t have the TIME!

    Wylie – I think I did friend you – I’ll go check. Yup, there’s a friend request pending for you – check your email already, girl!

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