Friday, February 5, 2010

Going Forward Into Time

Another Facebook adventure.
Don't know why, but tonight I decided to see if some people from my past were on Facebook.  I don't mean people that I grew up with-not that kind of "past".  I mean people who are adults or young adults now, but I knew them back when, when they were babies or toddlers.  For example, I worked with their mothers, in some of the places I lived before I came here.  Or I knew their Moms when my son was young and their kids were about his age-but we lost touch for one reason or another.    One of them would be 30 years old this year.  Others are probably getting ready to graduate high school or are in their first couple of years of college.

I found some of them and, from what they posted, I know it is them.

It's strange, this time machine Facebook can be.  I'm not meaning here to "cyberstalk" anyone.  A lot of them (especially the high school and college students) don't appear to use privacy settings, and their "stuff" is all hanging out waiting for the world to come look.  So I didn't feel I was invading anyone's privacy.   It was an experience to see those faces all grown up.  One of them is a college sophomore (which my son would have been if he hadn't dropped out of college) and I listened to a rap he had posted on You Tube.  Others....it is fascinating to see how young people show themselves on Facebook.  Makes me wonder if my son is out there, and he has just hidden himself away really well.

How private is the Internet anyway?  Including this blog?

How I wish I had Facebook when I was growing up...but maybe it's just as well that I didn't.

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