After launching myself on LinkedIn, I decided to go full steam ahead and try out Facebook.
Granted, I didn’t have that much interest in the more social side of social networking. But a friend who had found me via Classmates was insisting that Facebook was way more fun.
And to be honest, the fact that Classmates was encouraging members to identify their first crush was sure proof that it was run by people in a clique to which I never belonged. I mean, who wants to post that kind of information on a website where the worst gossips in your high school class might see it?
So I meandered over to Facebook and set up a page for myself. I posted a couple of photos. I put up some information about where I lived and how I worked. I made it all very private. And then I searched for people I knew who might also have Facebook pages.
There were more than I expected – being middle-aged and all. I found a handful of people from my high school, for instance. (I didn’t find my first crush, but I did find his brother – bringing that first crush so very close, and yet leaving him so very far.) I found another handful of people from my college. And I found just a few friends from the Bay Area, where I live.
I sent out invitations to all of them. And almost all of them responded – except for JG, who never really gave me the time of day when we were in high school together anyway, so what the heck. It was great to be back in touch with these people, some of whom I hadn’t talked to in more than 25 years. And it was funny how we fell back into old relationships, old styles of talking, joking, sharing –with the addition of maturity, wisdom, insight, and kindness that is so often missing in our younger years.
(Psst: But tell me, dear readers, how do you handle all the stuff people send you? There aren’t enough hours in the day to respond to every LOL, L’il Patch, karma, and invitations to Save Our Oceans, play poker, and take quizzes that come my way. Is it, um, rude to ignore them?)