Some of you might have registered this a while ago, some might not have heard of it. I am in something between and am already addicted. No wonder since I call myself a network evangelist:-) Facebook, a net basted society, is the most popular community and fastest increasing in membership on the net today – well, maybe except for Second Life. The Facebook fever has so far grabbed the attention of 25 million people. It’s hottest on this years The web award (MySpace isn’t even nominated)!

It all started much like many other net societies. Some graduate students from a university panicked when they realised their where about to end the wonderful student time and leave their friends. How to keep in touch? I remember the first time I noticed this phenomena was in the mid 90s with Yahoo Groups. This time it is Marck Zuckerberg at Harvard who got a copy of ‘the facebook’ (class list or yearbook) and in 2004 facebook.com was launched. After 24 hours, 1200 of Harvard students registered. 26th of September last year, the network was opened to everyone. Rumours tell that Zuckerberg has received an offer of almost 8 bill dollars for his company from Google, but so far he has refused.

I was invited to Facebook first time half a year ago, but I was thinking: no, not another place to register! I’m already listed at LinkedIn, Xing, Ryze, Ecademy, Ziggs, n2c and Ning! But then my fellow blog friend Teena sent me an invitation and I was thinking: If she can, so can I and then she was my very first friend (at Facebook! :-)

First you register with your name, birthday, hometown as well as political and religious views (optional). You can chose whether one or all of this information can bee seen (or searched) by everyone or only your friends. You may also register your education and work info. Then you start to collaborate in networks and groups (open or restricted) and you may find your old schoolmates or friends from your past (or newer like your blog friends!?!).
You may also feed your blog posts into your profile page and download pictures (some does it too uncritical I think!). You have to accept request for friendship before you let them into your world. Then they may ‘write messages on your wall’ or send you gifts. On the status page, you will be able to see who is on, what they do, which friendship or group attending they have accepted lately and if they have uploaded pictures.
Please click on my widget in this post and have a look! If you are registered, it would have been nice to receive a friend request! If not, you won’t be sucked in without knowing, but don’t say I haven’t warned you – you might be addicted!

Tonight I was watching the news on TV telling that some companies have forbidden their employees to open Facebook at work. I do understand their point of view but feel it is a bit like swimming like a shrimp, as backwards:-) Do they forbid them to do work on their laptops at home (or in spare times) too? It reminds me of the time when some did the same with solitaire when Windows came out in 1991. Some was addicted and of course it affected their work, but they also learned how to navigate in the new graphic user interface too. I seldom see people play card games at work now, but they do other things on the net – at work and at home and even more efficient:-)

21 Comments

  1. Mother of Invention

    How timely! I just heard about this on the weekend from my niece since she has a picture of their cat I wanyed and she told me it wsas in there. She must have given me the wrong password though since I can’t seem to get on it. I’ll check it out to see if I’d like to register…that is if I understand all about it! But you’ve given me a good general view. Thanks!

  2. Linguist-in-Waiting

    Hello Renny,

    I have a question. Is Facebook a recent development in Norway in the sense that users just recently registered for it?

    I am a recent user myself, but I find it useful, due to the fact that I was able to find my old high school friends that I haven’t talked to for the longest time, and reconnect.

    By the way, I did send a friend request to you.

    LIW

  3. Good point about the laptop and spare time at home very good!!

    This sounds a wee bit like our thing “friends reunited”

    Thanks for the video comment I did not realise :0)

  4. This is the first time I hear about Facebook Renny, thank you. I think you looked so cool & handsome in this picture :)

  5. You’re welcome! You’re welcome! You’re welcome!

    hee hee hee …

  6. alli need is ANOTHER addiction! LOL

  7. I think facebook is very popular in American colleges and universities. It’s high school version woul dbe myspace :)

    I haven’t joined facebook .. yet…

  8. I am new to facebook. I was really thrilled when Tina and RennyBa found me and added me as a friend.
    It is really cool.
    So many of my students have added me as a friend, so I can keep up with their progress through University and travels abroad.
    I have found long lost friends and family through there too.

  9. See you there! :-)

  10. Very, very interesting, Renny. We are in the Age of the Internet and Aquarius will make sure we get everything regulated and organized in worldwide, safe ways. It’s actually very exciting. I wonder what my grandson will be talking about 10 years from now as it relates to the WWW!

  11. @MotherOfInvention: Always on time with the newest you know:-)

    @LIW: Norwegians are normally early adopters so there have been people there since it started open.
    Good to be friends in Facebook too:-)

    @mrk: well, it’s highly debated.

    @Shionge: Well, it won’t be the last time!
    Thanks for your compliment:-)

    @Teena: Thanks. Always good to see what you are doing you know:-)

    @Lime: You too!?! LoL

    @Duke: MySpace is soon out I think:-)

    @Lynn: You’ve got it:-)

    @Caïla: Couldn’t find you:-( Poke me!

    @Ginnie: Glad you found it readable. I also wonder where this will take us and wherever; I wanna be there:-)

  12. In the past two months or so I’ve had a lot of invites to facebook … before that nothing. Everyone must be discovering it.

    I hear you about the other social networks. I don’t know what I’m NOT a member of anymore! LOL

  13. Finally you have a facebook too! hehehe I actually got hook by it through my classmates. Hehehe

  14. Now it’s Facebook. I wonder where it will (never) end with all these new internet societies? It’s on the Radio several times each day here in Norway now. Some loves it. Others are allready fed-up with it.

    Great post anyway.

  15. It looks like very exciting but before I mut have a better organisation! After my work, housework and after schoolwork for my pupils and only after the net! I’d like to have more time here in this virtual world! If I would come on Facebook I’d like to meet an old friend I had when i was so young: Dietmar Frohoff von KÖln in Deutschland! ah! ah! It would better I stay out of facebook!

  16. No,no,no… I don’t need another addiction! It is a shame. I spend already too much time on-line. I probably have more virtual friends on line than off line and I am not sure if this is good.

  17. Expat Traveler

    yeah I guess there are just too many addictions out there. I went on myspace in Nov 2005 because my brother wanted me to sign up and many friends from California were there and still are. I seriously doubt I have time for much else, but I’m in..
    for now at least…

    But I totally agree1 :)

    Yeah for the birds.

  18. I didn’t get this “Facebook” story, is it to find old school fellows ? As I was here in the German school of Brussels I sometimes here what some of them are now from an old friend and the worst I heard is one who is now ambassador at the Vatican !

    Yesterday they opened a new shop here in Waterloo “Scandianavian & Irish specialities ” Have to have a look. We already have a Scandianavian shop here with very good things ! I have to say we have a lot of them here in Waterloo !

  19. WOW Renny, you must really be a networking evangelist. Like I said in my own post about this, I think its a way to be up in people’s business, of course its also a great way also to keep in touch. I guess it is what you make it.

  20. Facebook, ja :)
    Eg registrerte meg faktisk der eg og.Eg trudde faktisk eg skulle finna både tidlegare naboar og studiekameratar.
    Vel, det viste seg kjappt at det er ikkje mange av dei over 40 ein finn her :) Så risikoen for å bli hekta på Facebook er nok ikkje så stor gitt

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