Wednesday, September 24, 2008

thank you facebook

I've been a little obsessed lately.

A couple of months ago, through Facebook, I found two women who I had been friends with during the 90s. They moved away and none of us made the effort to keep in touch. I immediately sent them a message and asked to be their friend (it's a Facebook thing). It was great seeing them and their families through their profiles and we've been catching up on each other's lives.

Since then, I spend some of my late night hours searching for other friends that I've lost contact with. I've used Facebook, MySpace, and Google. A couple of weeks ago I found a very dear friend of mine, again, through Facebook. She was a close high school friend and my maid of honor. We've written to each other, giving the abridged version of our lives for the past 18 years. It was such a wonderful feeling to find a long lost friend; one you've thought a lot about through the years.

And then last week, I found another old high school friend. He was part of the same group that the above mentioned friend was a part of. And he was Don's best man. I found him by googling his name. This method isn't as easy or productive, but this time it worked. It turns out that this friend has a Flickr account and he used his full name on it. Bingo! I found him. It's such a thrill.

So, now I can't seem to help myself. I find myself late at night, sitting with my laptop on my lap, typing in the names of every old friend that I can think of. Isn't technology grand? And I would have to disagree with all of those who say there is nothing good about Facebook. It reunites old friends.

Thank you Facebook.

8 comments:

Ken said...

I have a face book account but I haven't gotten in there much.I do have a friend that I would like to find. So thanks for the heads up!
I will let you know what I find.

MightyMom said...

ummmmm what's facebook?

Penless Thoughts said...

Glad you are making some important connections in your life.
Susan

Momma Roar said...

That's great Diana!!

I do enjoy Facebook, but I've connected with some friends from the past that I wasn't necessarily looking for. I guess its not bad, until the guy told me he used to have a crush on me in school - just having him read what I'm doing and knowing more about me kind of creeps me out...I have been thinking about deleting him as a friend (sounds awful, doesn't it?) so yeah, technology is grand! LOL!

But, on the flipside, I do enjoy seeing a little more into the lives of my good friends! :-)

Melissa said...

I love facebook too :) The only thing that is weird to me is when random people add me to their friend list. I have no idea who they are... usually I just ignore the request... glad you've found some old friends!

Jamey said...

That's great that you are able to find old friends! I have a facebook page but only use it to look at my neice and nephew. My brother never sends pictures and we don't see them a whole lot so it keeps me updated on what they look like at least. I found a few old friends, but that's not my main agenda. I'm honestly not that sure I like it. I love blogging though :)

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I joined facebook recently, finally giving in to the pressure from seminary friends to join. I did it to reconnect with friends from seminary. But now college friends have found me too. And people that I know locally are finding me, and kids from church. It's crazy!

The thing that boggles my mind: if we weren't good friends in the past, why do you want to "friend" me now on facebook? I don't get that.

But I am enjoying it as another way to stay connected to people and not feel the isolation that a lot of SAHMs feel. So that's a good thing for sure!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Yeah, Loving facebook myself :) I do think you have to be careful - some connections are supposed to be made again...as mommaroar suggested. I have seen friends go down a bad path...

Like you , I have had a ball!