I recently took the plunge and joined Facebook. I was skeptical at first. I hate unfamiliar things. But I tried it out and I have to admit…I think it’s a great tool. You get to build a base of contacts and keep in touch and updated on what is happening with them. I log in throughout the day for 2-10 minutes (and try not to get sucked into any of the games). As far as social networking goes, I’m starting to like it.
On a personal level, it helps me reach out to people I lost touch with (being that we met before the internet existed) and I like hearing about where my friend from 2nd grade is living and seeing her kids. I also get to find groups for all my interests. I don’t mean to gush but this is pretty cool.
I was an uber slow convert. I did the Friendster thing. I did My Space. I was a hold out on Facebook. I hate to admit it, but I was being stubborn and I was wrong.
After a few weeks, I have a routine down and I get updates on lots of writing related stuff. I find out about new book release parties, signed autograph giveaways. Events at different places are listed. I also keep up to date on writers I’ve met at conferences. And I can follow blogs there too.
Where will Facebook take me? I’m not sure, but I’m on a road and the view is pretty nice, so I’ll keep driving.