Back in 2007, Facebook was just starting up (it only opened up to the general public in 2006) and I had got in touch with a handful of old school friends there. In the vast majority of cases at the fifteen-year reunion, I knew nothing of the life and times of my old classmates and they knew nothing of me, so I felt like I spent the entire evening regurgitating my life-story-since-high-school and asking other people for theirs. To be honest, that got a bit exhausting and I ended up not saying hello to at least half of the people I would have liked to catch up with.
|Twenty years ago ... of course we all look just the same now ;-)|
And I think this made the reunion extra-wonderful. I could go up to a long-lost friend and say hello and we could skip the boring "What are you doing now?" and cut straight to the "I loved the pictures of your Bali holiday" and "Did you decide what to do about that job offer?" kind of discussions. Conversations that mean a bit more than just regurgitating your CV. Conversations that were different for every person I spoke to. And there were even people who told me they often read my blog! I had no idea (and was so excited to hear it).
When I run Facebook talks and courses, there are usually a couple in the crowd who want to harp on about all the "bad stuff" about Facebook, and I counter with a big list of "good stuff". The reunion on the weekend proved it to me again - there is definitely some really "good stuff" about using Facebook.