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!
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!