I've seen people get on Facebook for awhile, then leave, saying it isn't of any worth to them, or that it drives them crazy; Cliff still says, "I don't get it," every time he logs on.
I know the constant game updates from "friends" drives some of them away; they have no way of knowing they could block those games and not have to see them ever again.
But here's my favorite thing about Facebook: I'm getting to know relatives that I couldn't have picked out of a crowd until we Facebooked together.
My cousin, Lela, doesn't have Internet, but her daughters do; I didn't know them before Facebook. It's the same with my nephew's son's wife, Heather, who occasionally posts an update about her children. These people don't put a lot of information online, but it's enough so that I'm getting to know them as individuals. Before this, they were just faces I saw at reunions or get-togethers sometimes.
Cliff's mom's side of his family has a fish-fry each year after Labor Day, a family reunion of sorts. I know his dear old aunts, but most of the other people attending this thing were a mystery to me. You know how it is, attending somebody else's family reunion, right? Or is it just me?
Today, I got to know a little more about two of Cliff's cousins. Not that they reveal much of themselves online, but two of them have been reading my blog (thanks to Facebook), so that gave us a conversation-starter, some sort of common ground.
I actually had a good time at Cliff's family reunion!
Now I know a little about these lady's jobs and their lives. We have a connection.
Facebook seems like a funny place to get to know your relatives, but it works for me!