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Why Are You On Facebook?

Updated on February 12, 2014


Everyone, who is Anyone - is now connecting on Facebook!
Everyone, who is Anyone - is now connecting on Facebook!

Facebook - The Phenomenon!

Social networking on Facebook, is being used by people of all ages, backgrounds, interests and motivations. Regardless of your age, Facebook has become the premier online venue for staying connected with family, friends, and even business associates. Facebook engineers are continually upgrading and updating the ability to connect on their site, to make staying in touch with the people that are most important to you - a little easier.

Another aspect that many people appreciate, is the fact that the founders of Facebook, really do listen to their users. The ability for those who maintain an account on Facebook, to have full control as to who they connect to - is a HUGE feature for getting people to join.

Privacy on Facebook, is something that its users value greatly - and they have been very vocal in letting Facebook know how they feel!

Teenagers use Facebook to communicate with their friends, make new friends, share photos, video, play games and even get a date on a Friday night~

Grandparents are even beginning to understand the simplicity and practicality of joining Facebook to easily stay connected to grandchildren!

Here is an excellent tutorial on eHow, about how to help Grandparents Get Started On Facebook.

Friends are discovering long lost friends, through the ability to search Facebook according to information that you provide - and make available for others to find. Remember, you are in complete control on Facebook. If you don't want to be found - no problem. However if you want to find an old high school friend, or a college buddy that you've lost touch with - easy. IF your old friends are on Facebook, too - and want to be found, it's as easy as a click to reestablish that connection!

Families are staying connected on Facebook. Through the use of some very easy to use Facebook applications, you can even do a bit of your genealogy research! Pretty amazing, isn't it? Perhaps you could even find a long-lost rich relative!

On Facebook, the ability for you to easily connect and stay connected, continues to be improved...

Mark Zurkerberg, Founder and CEO of FaceBook

Networking On Facebook Is All The Rage - NOW!

Once upon a time ago, Facebook was a fairly straightforward way for college students to connect socially, with other students - online. Few functions were available, but even then - it was clear to its founders - that their little social experiment had BIG potential. As more and more people joined Facebook, new features were added, and were very well received!

Today, it is quite clear that Facebook has more than BIG potential - it now serves a community larger than 175 million users! Boggles the mind, doesn't it? And you were thinking that the fact that you have 200 friends on Facebook was pretty good, eh?

This is the very reason that now, not only do people use Facebook to connect with family and friends, but it has become an important platform for business. Social marketers can't resist the power of Facebook for creating a constant stream of new contacts that are interested in what they have to sell.

Permission Marketing is one of the reasons that Facebook has become very attractive to just about every popular marketing brand, today. From Oprah Winfrey to President Barrack Obama  - anyone who is anyone in the public eye - has established themselves on Facebook! This provides an incredibly easy path for a product; be a person, place or thing - to dispense information to a highly targeted market!

Niche Marketing thrives on Facebook, due to the fact that you can either join an existing group or create one, about anything you can imagine! Got a blog -- create a blog-network and invite your friends to join. Did you know, that over 500 blogs a day are submitted to Facebook? Again, boggles the mind. Webmasters see Facebook as a great way to increase readership for their particular niche -- and they are right.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerman On The Today Show

No SPAM allowed on Facebook!

Meaning, no spam allowed - by users. Facebook themselves, do allow targeted advertising on their site - to you and me. However, they are very strict about what they allow individual users to "market" through their accounts.

If a user finds themselves emailing large groups of their "friends" on Facebook, creating an excessive amount of "groups", etc.... that account will be flagged as SPAM, and most likely be suspended altogether. If you decide to use your Facebook account for either business, or organizing a large group - you best check out the Facebook Terms of Use. Consider yourself warned!

The average Facebook user, who is there to simply connect socially with friends and family, most likely - will never have a problem. But it is always nice to know, that there are rules, everyone should be aware of...

The Many Faces On Facebook

The popularity of Facebook grows stronger everyday -- there's a lot of peer pressure to join in.
The popularity of Facebook grows stronger everyday -- there's a lot of peer pressure to join in.

The Many Uses Of Facebook...

Why Are You On Facebook?

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How Do You Use Facebook?

As for me personally, I find that how I use Facebook - evolves everyday. When I first joined Facebook, it was simply to connect with family. I soon found out that it was also a great way to stay connected to my grandchildren, too!

As I began to see the potential for sharing what I do online, which is write - I now share my post from the various blogs that I publish - with my entire Facebook "family" -- which now includes, family, friends, online associates, etc...

The enjoyable part about Facebook, is that even many of those who were barely "friends" early on, I've actually started feeling as though we have always been friends! It really depends on how much you interact with those whom you have allowed to be your "friends".

Facebook allows for the sharing of a lot of information about ourselves, etc... Those who allow us the privilege to enter into their lives, too - create the potential for a relationship. As with any "real" relationship - that can only develop through respect, positive communication - and similar interests. Facebook is no different - regardless of your motivations for its use.

Yeah, I'm addicted to Facebook. But really, who wouldn't be - - when you can stay in touch with so many people that you really do care about, build interesting new relationships, share what most interest you - and learn from others?

Now, what about you... Why are YOU on Facebook?

Write On!

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As alway, please share this Hub, with your friends. You know, you can even post it to your WALL, on Facebook!

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After you take the POLL, you can share a little bit more about why YOU are on Facebook...

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    • vee1477 profile image


      8 years ago from PA

      I am a facebook junkie.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Though I have been on Facebook for a while, I'm just getting into it.

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      9 years ago

      That's interesting. For a site that was originally designed for college kids, Facebook has become a great place for all kinds of folks to keep up to date with one another. I know several parents and grandparents who got on it just because that was the best way to keep in contact with the kids. These parents and grandparents now have more "friends" than their children (but, that's only because the kids prefer to text).

    • suziecat7 profile image


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Wow - great Hub.

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      DREAM ON 

      9 years ago

      Just awesome.A great way to share the world without leaving home.The future is here.Enjoy.

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      9 years ago

      Very good hub.Thank You !

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      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      Nice hub! I personally found sharrie's art (see above comment) on facebook. (Really nice art btw) and of course even did a hub on facebook myself, where you can actually see sharries art on the bottom of my facebook picture that I used on my hub. :-O

    • sharrie69 profile image


      9 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      As an Artist, Facebook has been such a useful tool for me. We organize our plein air sessions through facebook and can share photos of the event with the group after; see what events are coming up next on the art scene and I have even set up a group for my classroom to share info with my students and their parents. It is wonderful for keeping in touch with the friends and family and I have even found a long lost cousin who recently visited my island home all the way from Canada. The world is shrinking and it is a wonderful thing. Facebook shows us that really we are all quite the same after all.

      oh and you get to be an armchair world traveller and see many fantastic places through the photos of friends and you the encouragement to save up some money and pack your backpack for the next adventure!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      I have just recently joined the Facebook phenomena. It can easily get out of control with all that additional activity stuff, but if you participat at the level you are comfortable with, it's great. This is a very thorough piece!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      What an extensive hub on facebook! We're a family that enjoy using FB and connecting with friends.

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      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Excellent hub,Write On!

      I know a couple who have formed a group on Facebook that connects blood donors to those that require blood in all cities of India. Useful in the hands of those wanting to make a difference to society.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I suppose I am on Facebook as a combination of business and social networking by just interacting with others on there, I have since found quite a few old school mates and people who just went to my school which was nice to find out what they are all doing now, but it's early days for my full potential to grow over there, I know that if I concentrate on one thing at a time then the benefits will show themselves fully to me like valid contacts and useful business contacts, so time will tell!!

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      9 years ago from USA

      I like the fact that there is no spam allowed! I really hate spammers, almost as much as telemarketers :) Excellent Hub WriteON.

    • funwithtrains profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      I use it to stay connected with friends, mostly -- but there are definitely some networking possibilities that I have used as well. And I have used it to promote events for an international civic group that I am involved in too.

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      9 years ago

      I figure if I havent seen anyone in 20 years, why do I want to see them now?

      Networking on the other hand would be reason enough to sign up for facebook. And if they suspended a user, why would I apply hours and hours of hard work to upload data and not really have a guarantee that it would be there on Saturday?

      I disagree that everyone who is anyone is now connecting to facebook. As long as I can use email and send pics, Im ok with not showing my face at facebook.

      I guess I could post my legs there, though.

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      Lena M. 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I love Facebook! Zuckerman is a genius. Reminds me a bit of Bill Gates, being a Harvard drop-out, young and rich. I love the idea of applications. Although some of them aren't that great, it creates such a more interactive community. While I don't add people I don't know (though there are people who do this) I add acquaintances and somehow become friends with them. Unlike Twitter, in which most people are there to promote their blog, site, or a product, people use Facebook to genuinely connect with others. Great hub.

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Write On - GREAT article...I'm a lover of Facebook through and through. Check out my sarcastic hub about what NOT to post

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      I'm not one for adding on random 'friends' but I have found long lost colleagues and schoolmates on Facebook...and it's just such fun to reconnect!

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      9 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

      The whole social Phenom is an incredible movement. I have to say that one of the solid reasons for the success is the ability to see who, what, where, when, why, how of the people you come into contact with. It is himan nature to "want to know" and this allows everyone the ability to do that. Something you can't do ove rhte phone or poting an advertisement in a newspaper! Great article and thanks!

      Gary Rust

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      @ Jen - I never thought about how great Facebook would be, for young mothers. Your right, staying connected with other adults, can be a real challenge. Looks like Facebook, is a great answer!

      @gwyn - Yes, and everyone is doing their darndest to get used to the very busy News Feed, that Facebook is now providing!

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      9 years ago from Liverpool

      I love facebook, its a great way of staying in touch with friends and family. However sometimes I think some people become to dependant on it as a way of being sociable. Many relationships now stay alive by writing on people's 'walls' etc, instead of picking up the phone or actually going to see the person.

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      Judith's Angels 

      9 years ago from Currently Live in Spain

      What a great and informative article. Aspects here I had never considered like Gandparents making new friends and finding old friends.

      Now I will re-read again in details and inwardly digests.

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      9 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I broke ligaments in my knee back in 2007 and had to spend 3mths on the couch and received my 1st invite to Facebook. At first I thought it was just going to be like MySpace which I had already abandoned after 2yrs of fighting spam and random messages. I was surprised by the sheer simplicity of Facebook - clean pages, fewer ads, no pop-ups, no loud music and better privacy controls.

      Within the first month I had found over 50 of my high school friends that I had not seen or spoken to in over 18years and plans for a reunion sprang from there. I use it mainly to group everyone together so we can best communicate, especially given that we are spread out of 23 countries - that would be extremely expensive if I had to call everyone, plus we could post old & new pics.

      Facebook has grown and gotten a little more commercial since I first became a member but that is to be expected given the popularity of it - almost every chef and restaurant that I know here in town has an account and fan's an effective marketing tool if you know how to use it correctly.

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      gwyn estember 

      9 years ago

      i also heard that facebook wanted to buy twitter. but that wasn't a successful one. the result? Facebook put up something like Twitter. Instead, they ask "What's on your mind?" in contrast to Twitter, "What are you doing?"

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      9 years ago

      I'm a full-time mother of little children and often feel trapped in preschool land. FB offers an avenue for me to remain in touch with my friends and family and thus get the much needed adult contact that is often lacking in my life. I can take some time out of my day to connect with people that aren't in my immediate space. I can often feel consumed with my motherly duties and therefore, feel isolated. But with FB I can feel part of the grown-up world. It's a lifesaver! :)

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Hi Cindy -

      Got your note, and happy to have you as a new "friend" on Facebook. I'll be watching you to see how you use Facebook for business. So much to learn.

      Write On!

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      9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Great hub - thank you! I learned a lot. I have reconnected with some friends I haven't seen in 20+ years. It's wonderful. I also use Facebook for business connections. Its comforting to know that FB controls spam as you describe. Thanks and I sent you a note to become friends on FB. cheers!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      @Clint - Now that, is a great way to use Facebook. Thank your son for his service to our country. I have a son in the USCG.

      @Misha - Yeah, I hang out some, too. Enjoy your occassional status update:-)

      Write On!

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      9 years ago from DC Area

      IDK Kathryn, I am kinda hanging out there trying to figure out how I can use it :)

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      9 years ago

      enjoy this hub alot, I use facebook mostly to help keep up with my son in the army. But I am sure as I become more comfortable with it I will use a lot more of the other features that are on facebook

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      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for such an informative hub! Great job once again!

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      ccdursina -

      You bring up a very important point! Facebook does not share any of the revenue that is generated through the advertising on the site. For the average user, that's not a big deal. After all, they ARE receiving a pretty nice service, for staying connected with family and friends, as well as the ability to post photos, videos, etc.. In that way, it's not a bad arrangement.

      IF however, you are using Facebook for doing "business" -- you really must think twice, as to whether you want YOUR customers - giving their clicks to Facebook advertisers, where you make NO money. Of course, YOU could pay to advertise on Facebook, yourself.

      A good friend on FB, one that I know in "real life, was just recently banned. He only had two thousand followers, but many of those followers were related to a photography business that he basically ran - through Facebook. Not that he sold there of course, but he relayed information to his photo site ( not sure which one, flicker?) and also posted photos. He had organized a number of groups, as well. Anyway, he was suspended.

      Having never backed up the infor of his clients, contacts, etc... It has been devastating to him. Now he is left, hoping that in some way - over time, he can re-establish his base, elsewhere.

      You should NEVER allow Facebook to become your sole platform for collecting and distributing information, where you are making income. You must own your own domain - and host it on a server, to be independent of ANY social media platforms. These great places to connect with friends, etc... can be here one day, but truly either change the game plan or be gone tomorrow -- and where are you?

      Think about it.

      Write On!

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      Carolina Dursina 

      9 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Facebook is a great network that don't share a peeny of their fortune for having you on their page! Even so they could....just a little effort.

      I joined facebook because I had some friends on and it's easy to connect and share your do's and what are you about to do....

      Great hub! thank you for writing!

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      9 years ago

      facebook is better than orkut..less spam

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      robie2 -

      I agree, I too love Facebook and pretty much use it in the same ways that you do. I'm working on getting used to the new interface as well.

      I love being able to see what you are up to, check out your new post, etc... Glad we are friends on Facebook. It's a great way for Hubbers to support each other.

      See ya there:-)

      Write On!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      WordWielder -

      Thanks. I'm glad that you found this Hub about Facebook, helpful. Are you on Facebook, too - and are you new?

      Write On!

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      Roberta Kyle 

      9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I'm lovin Facebook and finding it useful on so many levels. I started on it just to stay in touch with far-away friends, but now have joined groups and causes and find it a great place to post llinks to my blogs and hubs for additional traffic. I love the no spam quality of the site and the friendliness--but have to say the New Facebook look is taking a little getting used to. Great hub as always:-)

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      9 years ago from Austin

      Great article Write On! THis is a very timely and informative article and a great read for those new to Facebook. Right on, Write on!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Pest -

      Hmmmmm? (scratching head) Can't think of a thing!

      Write On!

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      9 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I am shallow...and so far I have more dudes than women...I must be doing something wrong...I let them cook and clean for me and to be at my beck and call...what more could a woman want?

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Pest -

      It figures! LOL

      Write On!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Uninvited Writer -

      Awesome use of Facebook. I have made many friends there, that live in other countries, and find it very rewarding. Sounds like you've got Facebook down!

      Write On!

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      9 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I am there for the babes.

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Great hub! On Facebook I mostly play games and keep in touch with family from BC to Scotland to Newfoundland. I have discovered so many old family photos on there that I had never seen before. I also use it to network with my fellow Hubbers.

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Willis -

      Just a while back, I heard that Facebook wanted to buy Twitter, but they were turned down. Thus, we now have crazy news feed on Facebook, which feels a little bit like Twitter - but waaaay crazier - and NO limits!

      I enjoy both Facebook and Twitter. You can find me on Twitter as @LdsNana. You'll see. I wouldn't want to have to choose between the two. For me personally, I think that the entire platform of Twitter, is based on knowing you are getting yourself into the fast-lane of communication. Facebook, however - should not try to re-create a hyped up feed, such as Twitter.

      If Facebook continues on the current road, they are going to really need to help their users out - so that they have easy options as to whether they want to drive fast, slow or medium. For right now, Facebook has switched lanes for everyone - and are only really offering - the fast lane.

      Write On!

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      Willis Whitlock 

      9 years ago

      Facebook is great for all the reasons you list. But it looks like Twitter might be stealing some of there limelight. The most recent incarnation of FB is very Twitterlike.

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Cris -

      Can't say I've met "Pest" around here, yet -- (although there are a lot of them:-) but sounds like he/she is true to his/her name! Give Facebook a while, and you might find yourself thanking the rat.

      Write On!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      gwyn -

      I hear ya!  Facebook has been rolling out their "new" look to users, over the last few weeks.  That "news" feed can get crazy, depending on how many "friends" you have on FAcebook.

      From what I hear, the majority in the Facebook community, are having a tough time getting used to it.   Although, some absolutely love it, and see great potential in the marketing arena. 

      I have had to "turn-off" a few friends that I really do like, except that NOW, they are much to loud!  Apparently, Facebook is listening to all the feedback, and want more.  I am under the impression that Facebook wants to care about their customer.

      Remember, Facebook is relatively a new concept - the Internet changes every mili-second - and that trying to keep up with all that - is an incredible undertaking.

      Write On!


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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Doghouse -

      I like that you mention HOW you keep in contact with your millions of "friends". Writing on your friend's WALL - on occasion, is a must - IF you really plan to use your Facebook account for staying well connected.

      We all have a lot of people that we call "friends" on Facebook, but it is the ones we actually put forth the effort to communicate with, that relationships are built and maintained.

      Keep writing:-)

      Write On!

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Brittney -

      YOU are the perfect example of why many people are joining Facebook. Seems like many of us jumped on the bandwagon, because someone - or a lot of other people we know, are there, too! I liked to think of it as positive peer-pressure. No one likes to miss a great party. As you mention, Facebook is great for maintaining social contacts.


      Write On!

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I created my account just recently, I'm not even a week-old. Some hubber by the name of Pest talked me into it! i'm still finding the ropes as there are so many apps and other things to do. I'm taking my time though, ley my friends wait! Ha! LOL thanks for sharing this :D

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States


      Great point about the success of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook -- "he was mostly trying to help his classmates". That does tell a lot about a person, doesn't it?

      Nice to hear that another grandparent is on Facebook. Sounds like you've got the hang of Facebook:-)

      Write On!

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      In The Doghouse 

      9 years ago from California

      Hi WriteOn,

      Facebook is a great way to reconnect with people you haven't seen in a million years. I enjoy keeping up with my friends by dropping a comment or two to them, without having to spend hours on the phone. Facebook is a great social network. Great new Hub.

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      gwyn estember 

      9 years ago

      great hub! FB has new updates but I prefer the old one.

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      9 years ago

      I saw the CEO of Facebook on Oprah last week and was amazed that 1)he is so young and 2) why no one had done this sooner? I really didn't hear about FB until my husband got on and I teased him that he was acting like he was in high school. I thought it was similar to myspace. I finally gave in and love it. I use facebook for many of the reasons you list here on the post. Primarily because I live so far away from any family and friends that I love being able to see what others are doing and stay connected to them! I talk with people that I most likely would never have a chance to see again or talk to without facebook. And hey, when I'm bored I like to browse and look at pictures, follow links, and comment on others "walls". Great post!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      This was a great hub my dear...I learned a lot about this young Man of 23...what a genius...but you see how things happen...he was mostly trying to help his classmates...

      I have been able to keep in touch with friends as well family and grandchildren and I love it. I do keep fairly private though...just because I am that way...I joined because a friend from Hubpages who lives all the way across the world asked me to...and I am also addicted...between here and there I spend way too much of my time...

      Thanks for such a wonderful hub full of good information...I Loved it...G-Ma :O) hugs & Peace


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