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Facebook Lingo

So after our class on Monday, I started thinking about all the ways that my online "persona" and my offline one connected. I have a few stories. For me, Myspace is where you meet new people on the internet (i.e. the creepos and the guys that always try to hook up), whereas Facebook is where you friend people you have met in person. When someone I don't know friends me on facebook, I get suspicious and immediately reject them because that is something I would expect on Myspace (and also because I do have quite a bit of private info on my Facebook).

I also realized that when I tell people about things that happen on Facebook, I usually use Facebook as a verb. (As do a number of my friends). Instead of saying "he sent me a friend request" I say "he facebook'ed me" or "he friended me". Does anyone else do that. And God forbid someone sends you a message on facebook asking you to lunch or something. Because everyone knows that the Wall is informal, friendly, but the message is "I WANT TO DATE YOU".

Facebook status updates

I still don't get it. I can understand blogging when it is a way to share information, or collaborate on project, but straight up blogging about yourself still doesn't work for me. My first post on this blog asked why anyone would blog, and now I want to refine my question to just cover personal blogs.

Facebook is the most apparent, and readily available, example of personal blogs. The one that I want to focus on is the status notes. WHO CARES???? The best notes are the ones that say stupid funny stuff that don't even relate to the true status of the person. Then there are the notes section, again why do I care? Does anyone read them? Maybe its the moo / mud thing where I simply don't understand whats going on because I can't relate. That being said, I like basically every other aspect of facebook, so this is not attack against social networking sites, just notes and status.

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