Sunday, June 24, 2007

FACEBOOKING THE FUTURE?

According to the estimable Sunny Hundal over on Pickled Politics, Facebook (the social networking site that's seen as cool and well tooled up, now that MySpace is creaking a bit - unless you are a musician) has significant potential for getting people to think and mobilise. It certainly is impressively constructed. Ekklesia now has a page. And on a personal note, so do I. You have to register to see them, but it's worth it. (Actually, my public interface is available. I have discovered that it is to be found here)

When you have set up your own Facebook page, which is very simple to do, the system will automatically search your email address book (if you allow it to) to discover who else you know is already on the site, so that you can add them as 'friends'. There are numerous features you can add, from a 'message wall' to books to maps, as well as various groups and causes. Not that I'm advocating relocating your life online, but I have found it a useful way to link with other media people and to look up some people with common interests.

2 comments:

TJ said...

It did look at my contacts but didn't seem to find some people who were there and who were members. Maybe they registered for Facebook with a different email address though. Maybe I need to explore it a bit more, but I couldn't quite see the point.

Like the new look of the blog, by the way - and comments!

Simon Barrow said...

Thanks, TJ. I'm making an instant exeption for you to my "no anonymous posters" rule (see latest post) :) Facebook does, I'm discovering, allow communities of interest, information and concern to form. But I wish it had more flexible search tools.