Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Taking the plunge

I did it. I signed up. At the urging of several friends and the Midwest Dairy Association, I became a member of the fastest growing nation in the world: Facebook. MDA says we need to make sure the dairy industry has positive voices within social media applications. My friends say I need to get with the program.

I will admit I'm a little outdated. My only cell phone is a Tracfone that I keep in case I get stranded somewhere with two kids in the car. I've never sent a text message. And I had to Google Twitter to find out what it was after the MDA's message about social networking.

Frankly, the whole concept of Facebook and social media, in general, still scares me a bit. Kind of like the first day of high school or college: you've heard all about it from people you know, but you really don't know what to expect until you've experienced it for yourself.

Regardless, I'm giving Facebook a try. I've been a member for two days now. I can't believe how many people I know are part of this Juggernaut. Or how quickly they found out I'd joined. I'm really not sure what to make of it all.

Glen checked email tonight and promptly called me into the office.

"This Facebook thing has taken over our inbox," he told me. "It's like a virus."

"Yeah, I know... It's kind of scary."

Hopefully, like high school and college, Facebook will be a positive experience. And, like college, I'm sure it's all what you make of it. Here's to the future... I think... because I'm guessing that Facebook won't be going away anytime soon.

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