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My New Addiction

I don’t think I’ve done a “Favorite Things” blog this year, but something new just bumped Fantasy Football out of the top spot! If you know me, you know how I feel about the “Corporate America Hustle”. All I need is a reason to slack off and one was handed to me on a silver platter yesterday.  I was convinced to sign up on Facebook….and my life will never be the same!

Last week a friend told me about an annoying former coworker that had hit her up on Facebook.  She suggested I join too, so that we could commiserate.  I didn’t really think too hard about it.  I have a full plate already, plus I barely look at my MySpace page.  Then yesterday another friend was talking about it, and said how much fun she was having.  I thought:
1.    It’s the middle of the day
2.    I’m at work
3.    I have about 50 messages in my inbox that need my attention
Then I figured why not.  What better way to pass the time before I duck out early than by trying to connect with some old friends!!!!!

So I created my profile, and started searching for friends.  I actually saw a guy on there that I used to like in the second grade (we were the only two black kids in our class so the relationship was destined to happen).  The more friends I added, the more friends I saw.  It was like being let loose in a penny candy factory and finding all those discontinued snacks that you loved as a kid (BTW, I am on a HUNT for Chocolate Snaps and those skinny mini fruity tootsie rolls….if you have the hook up, let me know).

Social networking is one of the greatest things going out there.  It allows us to stay on top of important social issues (Barack the Vote) as well as keep up with who in your old high school crew just got married/pregnant/dumped.  As far as social networking sites go, Facebook is head and shoulders above MySpace (in my opinion of course)!  Facebook screams professional, while MySpace screams “booty call”.  Don’t get me wrong there are important networking opportunities on MySpace as well, but I guess I am just a little turned off by all the “posing” (and by posing I mean the “squat down jail pose” and the obligatory “booty shot”).  How can you take someone seriously when their friend box is full of pictures of scantily clad women?  He might very well be a man of God, but I think I’ll pass on the add when I see video vixens draped across pool tables and bending over to show their cracks/thongs in your top friends space!

If you went to UMCP, MySpace is the equivalent of taking Peter Pan home to NYC where Facebook is like taking the Amtrak from New Carrolton Station right to Penn Station.  (I was going to say it was like taking a flight from National to Newark Airport, but I thought that might be reaching).  If you live in Atlanta, MySpace is like shopping at Macy’s in Greenbriar, while Facebook is like shopping at Macy’s in Perimeter.

Regardless, Facebook is my new addiction.  It’s a fun easy way to re-connect with people from our past.  I actually connected with someone I used to beat senselessly in spades in college! I see people using Facebook to plan reunions and tastefully market their businesses.  There is comedy as well….one of my high school friends was quoting lines from Pootie Tang, and another friend invited me to join her TV trivia team.

You have nothing to lose…it’s free.  So please Epiphany, join the movement that is Facebook and let us all get addicted together.  Sa Da Tay!
JerzeeChick

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November 20, 2008 - Posted by | Laughter, Life, Opinion, Society

9 Comments »

  1. So why aren’t we friends yet on facebook…I got you beat been on it for months…LOL

    Comment by Venom | November 20, 2008

  2. I feel the same way abuot MySace and FaceBook. I rarely (if ever) check my Myspace page. It seems too kiddie for me. Im sure their are great networking opportunities on it, but I may as well deactivate my account… On FB, I have connected with lots of friends, old and new, including you #8, and am in the process of planning my (gulp) 20 year HS reunion with my peoples on FB…. FaceBook all day…

    Comment by CoFe | November 20, 2008

  3. Maybe when i get my computer fixed at home I will jump on the bandwagon, b/c at work both of those sites are SHUT DOWN!

    Comment by Irving on the Crest | November 20, 2008

  4. JerzeeChick,

    Glad to have reconnected with you on FB, now I know about your blog!! Love it…

    BTW, stop embellishing!! Those spades a$$ kickings were free of charge….

    Later Sis

    Comment by C Square | November 20, 2008

  5. I have to agree….I opened a facebook page months ago & never used it. As a matter of fact I opened it under an alias, but somehow a family member found me (I guess she sis an email search) so I changed my name to my actual name and it was on from there. I reconnected with so many people it’s crazy. I am truly addicted…so trust me I understand.

    Comment by melodicsoundz | November 20, 2008

  6. OK….well I don’t usually comment, but felt compelled b/c I’m actually joining 2nite!! I’ve been meaning to do it all week. Curt NEVER does anything and he actually beat me to it! I guess I’ll see how addicted I am or will be in a couple days. Facebook….here I come!

    Comment by Tsani | November 20, 2008

  7. you kill me

    Comment by ncmama | November 20, 2008

  8. Ain’t nothing wrong with Greenbriar!!!

    Comment by The Lone Wolf | November 22, 2008

  9. Facebook is the Rolls Royce of networking sites and MySpace is more like a beat up Pinto.

    Comment by UrbanRoyalty | December 19, 2008


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