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Mon 02 Jul 2007

Facebook exploration

Category : mac and the internet

Finally decided to try out facebook and explore possibilities. VanTan, Kevin, Ivan, Kenneth and I had a discussion about it in response to a query Ivan posted a month ago. Ivan and I were clueless then, but the discussion was illuminating and Kevin pointed us to "Facebook's plan to hook up the world," by David Kirkpatrick. Fortune, 29 May 2007.

So last Saturday, I finally set out to explore facebook. Meanwhile, Jodi Sohn, whose blog I've read since 2003 at least, coincidentally posted her "Thoughts on social networks," and gives facebok the thumbs up for prety much the same reasons as you'll partially see below.

Unable to register my name, I broke it up to mimic a binomial with enough characters. I then wrote to facebook's help and it was fixed it in hours, how nice! When I said thanks, Wes even replied essentially to say "anytime." Wow.

I clicked to allow Facebook to search my gmail address book and it offered to request links to existing facebook users. Those who were identified, from amongst my >2,000 email addresses list were mainly NUS undergrads who had gone on overseas stints, non-Singaporean graduate students I had met from overseas, expats in Singapore and the social media folk, of course, who try everything at least once.

The nice thing was hearing from some overseas Singaporeans, and a few of Götheborg's volunteer crew; the latter were mainly the young folk half my age.

The interface was clean and simple which I liked for it prevents me from getting confused or distracted. And ditto for everyone's profile page. I kept names with reasonably high familiarity (well one or two slipped in) and invited 38 friends. Though a Saturday night when the internet is usually quiet, half of them responded in less than half a day. And by Sunday night, 23 were on board.

Most I had met since 2003, with a couple of outliers, the oldest being Carsten, a fellow grad student from 1993 at the Systematics & Ecology Lab at what was the Department of Zoology.

So its like going to Orchard Cineleisure - full of kids (I was told of this in horror by someone who is dragged there by her tuition kids). Its actually my favourite cinema as they aren't nazis about searching your bags for groceries; anyway Ladybug thinks the seats and sound are better.

I confess I never did notice for I make a beeline for the macs, music CDs, Indonesian food and my movie. Or maybe I'm just used to the relatively young undergrads I am mostly surrounded by in campus. So prehaps facebook will be the same.

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