Growth at Facebook has been
unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million, but last fall a childhood friend
died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to
post on his wall. Since so many new Facebook users are grandparents and over 60
more and more Facebook members will be dying sooner rather than later. A recent
article questioned how Facebook determines that some members have died so
they can be removed from Facebook, or whether pages should be saved as a
memorial. Interesting issue, but then again, if members are never deleted how
can one be sure that there are really 500 million members... once someone joins
Facebook maybe they stay forever.
On Facebook, Telling Teachers How
Much They Meant
One nice benefit of Facebook and
Social Media is the ability to find old friends, and a recent article in the New York Times told the story of a 49 year woman
who found her high school teacher on Facebook. This teacher apparently had a
significant impact on the student's life and former student spent years
searching the Internet to find the old teacher. Social Media allowed this
connection to take place.
Do You Have a Phone Book?
A couple of years ago an older woman
was lost in my neighborhood, so she stopped me to ask for directions.
Unfortunately she did not have an address, only a name so she asked me to look
in my white pages. She seemed amazed that I didn't have any white pages, let
alone yellow pages. The Internet has changed so much, it seems like not all
that long ago people looked in phone books to find people, and now most of us
rely on the Internet and don't have white pages or yellow pages. Without
question Social Media is transforming communications even more...stay tuned for
Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million