I recently sat down in my friend Dean's office. He looked at me and said, in all seriousness, "I've hit an all time low."
For a brief second I sat wondering what dire news he was about to deliver to me. A thousand different scenarios went through my head in less than a second, yet that second seemed to take hour to transpire.
Dean, not realizing the mental trauma I had just suffered at the false belief that something was horribly wrong, continued on without any hesitation.
"I have a Facebook page."
That was it? Really? I couldn't believe he decided to preface his statement in such a way. But why not, really? In the past, I have watched the MySpace revolution. I watched people at work use it and abuse to the point our I.T. department had to block MySpace because it was contributing to a massive amount of wasted man hours (to that end, I am dreading the day when I go to log on to Blogger and find it blocked as well).
Originally I scoffed the MySpace folks. Words like "immature" and "high school" were, in my mind, associated with MySpace. But like some sort of viral infection, MySpace took hold of people everywhere and has become an Internet Institution.
Since then, others have popped up, similar in theory. Classmates.com is one where people can sign up and look for old classmates (just as the name implies). Reunion.com is similar in nature. Facebook is much like MySpace. Most of these sites allow the user to post pictures, videos, blogs, and most importantly, they allow to network with friends and relatives in a way that was not possible in the past.
Again, my original thought was that these sites were for high schoolers. However, I found myself thinking yesterday, "I wonder whatever happened to..." So I have contemplated my own Facebook page. I know I have friends who are on it. I know I have some relatives who are on it. How can it be bad to connect with those from the past? I think I might give it a try.
Its been 14 years since I graduated from High School. At that time, I had a small group of close friends who pretty much said goodbye the day school ended. I don't know what happened to most of them.
So, I figure, it can't hurt to look. Time will only tell if I actually find anyone I want to even connect with after this long.