Almost all of my friends are on either Facebook or Twitter. Facebook, for all the abuse it takes(!) can be a marvellous and invaluable app for keeping in touch if used properly.
On the other hand, it can be post after post of boring nothingness.
I’ve been a part of the world of computers since the early 1980s, when word processors were the thing in offices. Forget homes, microcomputers wouldn’t be making their way to home desktops for quite some time. I remember writing an article back in the mid ’90s for a computer publication on the growing number of email users and urging people to get an email address to stay in touch with others.
It seems almost ludicrous now to think that email was not a widespread application used on PCs at that time. Back then it was clunky, and after using a number of email clients, I settled in with Outlook Express. Only a handful of my friends at that point had an email address and it was difficult for some of them to readily adopt it.
Fast forward to today and we can’t begin to imagine what we’d do without email.
I went on Facebook about three or so years ago, lasted a few weeks, got fed up, then deactivated my account. It wasn’t long before I realized that I missed seeing what everyone was up to and I signed back in. I’ve been back on Facebook ever since.
The good part about Facebook – at least for me – is that I am in touch with my very large family in Wales, with most of my cousins, or their spouses, and children. Though I haven’t seen them in years, I can now keep up with their daily goings-on and see pictures and video instantly.
What I don’t like about Facebook is the vacuous commentary that sometimes goes on, but we’re all guilty of it at some time or another. One of the fun times I had on Facebook was just in December when my husband and I sailed on the Queen Mary 2 out of Southampton into some very dirty weather on the Atlantic. The British SIM card I’d bought for my iPhone 4 allowed me to hook into British cell connections well into the next day. I gave frequent updates through that first evening of gale force conditions, and into the next morning. It was instantaneous and all my Facebook ‘friends’ were able to keep abreast of our journey, their replies instantaneous – and humourous – too.
Recently, I’ve used Facebook for more important endeavours, like re-posting unwanted (Lincoln County Humane Society, Niagara Falls Humane Society and Beamsville Rescue) dogs and cats on my FB wall. With the FB share button, any of my friends can – with one click – share that same post on their wall, and on it goes. One post about one animal reaching hundreds of viewers on Facebook very quickly.
This is when Facebook is at its best, at least for me. There’s a certain amount of satisfaction that you’re doing something worthwhile with social media in a time when it can be shallow and meaningless. Likewise, with Twitter. But tweet about one of these unwanted animals and others can re-tweet, again, reaching their Twitter contacts. Suddenly, meaningless turns into importance, by the sheer number of contacts one tweet reaches.
I am counting on this blog, Facebook and Twitter to assist me with finding these homeless dogs and cats good homes. The two I am rallying for at the moment are Fatima the German Shepherd, and Leo, the hapless little fellow who is also looking for a home and a trusted owner.
I am lucky – fortunate – to have friends on Facebook, especially, who are equally determined to find these two dogs a home. Right now, both of these dogs’ write-ups have been posted and re-posted on FB and tweeted and re-tweeted on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, please help by re-tweeting for these two.
I’m looking forward to the day when I can write here that both Fatima and Leo have been adopted.