Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Finally on Facebook!

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   8 Comments | Posted in facebook · social networking

For many moons I resisted the howl of Facebook, that social networking phenomenon which, love it or hate it, is an integral part global life. Like kudzu, its growth is exponential. There is no stopping or slowing it down.

I avoided Facebook for one simple reason: time. I feared adding Facebook to my already burgeoning list of daily agenda items was akin to whacking myself with a hammer just because everyone else was doing it. Where do people find the time, and how would I? Why would I? What’s the big deal?

The big deal is pretty simple. Fun. Facebook is fun. Since signing up a week or so ago I’ve chatted with relatives, re-connected with old friends and enjoyed hooking up with other writers. Even when I’m not actually communicating, it is nice to check my news feed and see what everyone posted.  Snippets of humor and quick comments are enough to bring a smile, always a nice pick-me-up midday. The best part is–surprise!–it takes little time at all.

The only aspect of Facebook I’m not crazy about is all the picture posting. If there’s going to be a picture of me out in cyberspace, I’d like it to first have my stamp of approval.  My husband and kids did not get that memo, and if they did, opted to ignore it.  Completely.  Good thing I lost my vanity along with my natural hair color, eh?

So where do you stand on Facebook? Are you an avid user or a minimalist? Do you consider it to be a toy, a tool or a necessary evil in today’s internet-drenched society?

Off to check my Facebook–
Lisa

8 Responses to "Finally on Facebook!"

  1. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    September 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm  

    I have managed to avoid facebook so far. I tried twitter (it just fizzled). I am sure if I dived in, I would find the connection with old friends fun. I just haven't had the strong desire yet…By the way, I really enjoyed the comment you made on Donna's site. "Brandishing tentacles…" I think I will jot that quote down, but will definitely give you credit. I might even put it on my blog. (If you're into writing contests, I am hosting one. Check out my posting on Monday, 9/20.)Your story about "the looker" was marvelous!

  2. Comment by Carrie
    September 23, 2010 at 9:14 am  

    I have a work relationship with cyberspace and have NO desire to have a personal relationship with it!:D Well… other than your blog…ha ha

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm  

    Hi Sioux – Jump in, the water is fine. I came to FB with my heels dug in, but I'm glad I did. It has been fun. Thanks for the kind words about my microfiction, and please feel free to quote me anytime!Hi Carrie – I'm surprised your girls haven't pulled you in, but I don't blame you!

  4. Comment by Tammy
    September 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm  

    Congratulations! I've been on it a while, but I can't be one of those people who hang out there all day every day. Wish I had that kind of time!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm  

    Hi Tammy – I agree. That is why I was afraid to sign up. I heard all the stories about how much time people were spending and knew I couldn't do that. It is a relief to learn that there isn't much to it. I check it once or twice a day and it turns out that is plenty.

  6. Comment by BECKY
    September 24, 2010 at 12:40 am  

    Hey Lisa! I, too, resisted Facebook for quite a while. I finally gave in when I was told I really "should" and I "needed" it as part of my writer's platform. Made sense! I don't spend but micro seconds on it. I'm just not "into" it like some people are. I much rather write my blog, and read my friends' blogs, etc! BUT, I will say this….I found 2 very important people from my past through Facebook, and that has meant the world to me. NO…not old lovers or anything like that!! πŸ™‚

  7. Comment by BECKY
    September 24, 2010 at 12:48 am  

    PS I love the new "look"…the leaves and the whole overall change of your blog!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 24, 2010 at 5:41 am  

    Hi Becky – I'm glad you're having a positive FB experience. Expect a friend request soon from, well, yeah…me! πŸ˜€


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