Welcome to Facebook. Posted on 22nd June 2011
It’s not like I’d never heard of it.
But until recently, I had totally ignored its existence. I can’t put my finger on what turned me off – maybe the nightmare of being bombarded with banal information, noisy chit-chat or gross photos? Perhaps sharing stuff in the vast virtual world felt too frightening for me.
You see, many people think that because I love Japan I’m really into gadgets and high-tech stuff. Couldn’t be further from the truth; I’m a lo-fi, old-fashioned kind of girl who appreciates the simple but beautiful things in life. I still love to write letters, lick stamps, make cards, put on records, tend to my garden and phone my friends. But what I recently discovered is I can have my cake and eat it too. It’s not like Twitter and Facebook will take away the lovely old bits of life. In fact, the modern world has a lot of good stuff to offer.
So first came Twitter, which I must admit I really enjoy. But Facebook still seemed like a scary place and a far bigger commitment for me. But then, two weeks ago (with much encouragement and handholding) I took the big step and joined! I felt like a tourist in a very well developed country, with its own rules, language, etiquette and customs. In real life, I try to have good manners, but I fear I haven’t got the hang of it Facebook style. Do you have to befriend anyone who asks? Can you unfriend if you’ve accidentally accepted the friendship of a total stranger? Please…I’m all ears to any words of wisdom out there.
But despite feeling lost in a foreign land, I’ve been delighted to find old friends and sneak a peek into their lives. In this bustling world it can be hard to stay in touch, so to be connected with the people you fancy is for me the cherry on top.
So now that I’m getting a bit comfy, I’ve taken the next step and created a page for Genki so it too can join in. It’s going to be a great way to reach more folks out there so please visit and spread the word.
Stay genki, C x http://on.fb.me/kogtxd