I joined Facebook a while back with some
trepidation. I wondered what Zuckerberg & Co. would do with the information
I supplied. Soon after joining, I decided not to participate. Recently, touched
by how many people apparently consider me a friend, I began to establish
Facebook communication with some people. I'm still feeling my way, not providing
my phone number and/or email address to the world, etc..
Early in my life, I'm sure I was the
last boy whose parents sent him to school wearing knickers, a source of great
social discomfort for me then. At the other end, however confusing it may be,
I'm not going to be the last person on earth to participate in
I don't see Facebook diminishing my
participation on the list at all. I do not yet see that many advantages to
Facebook that the list cannot match, but I can think of a few:
1. We can post pictiures of ourselves so that
those list subscribers whom we have not already met can have an idea what we
2. We can post text that would be too long
for the list.
3. I believe we can post photos.
4. We can limit who sees our message so that
only some subscribers (e.g. thouse who belong to a partcular club, like
Burroughs Audubon) will see them.