It’s a pretty major component of my active social life and an extremely useful and generally rewarding one at that. Unlike what seems like a good chunk of the core Qt3 user group, I’m a highly extroverted young person! ;-)
Kk, snark aside, I really do draw a lot from other people and desperately wish I had more hours in the day to keep up with everyone and engage with them more. For me, Facebook is a handy stopgap, a great communication enabler, and a fantastic organizing tool.
While the interactions around a shared meme or a hearty discussion of which kind of bbq sucks most aren’t at all a replacement for real in person interaction, they’re a nice way to stay in touch, maintain shared experiences, and laugh together, even if many mild apart. The built in chat client with FB is particularly handy. As Google slowly tries to murder Hangouts, FB Messenger is rapidly becoming the new “assumed” chat client almost everyone has, enabling quick access to more personal and meaningful communication that’s still easy to fit into busy days and nights.
And a big one for me, but FB is also a major component of my IRL social life by acting as our primary organization platform. We’ve got a weekly walking group, a monthly lunch group, our big RPG group, my annual GenCon group, my metal concert group, a “life experiences” group… The ease of event creation, rsvp tracking, and obviously the fact that you can invite almost anyone you know all in one place without needing to know email addresses or even phone numbers is huge. Again, with an extremely busy social calendar, FB is an invaluable resource for keeping track and finding times to get together.
This week, I’ll have had a Productivity Night with my two closest friends, a board games night (replacing a planned D&D game cuz some folks were sick or overworked and just needed something to lower stress), a regular rpg night, a good friend’s 25th b-day BYO pizza party, and a session of the big Mouse Guard semi organized play rpg group, almost all of which has been organized or at least advertised via FB and Messenger.
Like krok said, following people you actually like and get along with and want to read the updates of day to day is an enormous part of what makes it great, and I’m lucky to know a lot of amazing people I love keeping up with and who enjoy following my own adventures. Teachers, historical interpreters, artists, writers, local musicians, game designers, old friends and new ones…the people in my life are awesome, positive, and engaging, and FB is the thread that runs between all of us.
Mere email or phone calls couldn’t replace so much of that. Social media rocks, man.