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Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2 - Lisa's Musings (about Face Book pages) and Every Day Life

Apparently, I missed an important birthday yesterday.

Or, at least that's what the Facebook page "Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler -- The Consummate Wolverine" says.

The page had 1,626 members as of this morning, but I only joined a few days ago, so I'm not sure where I stand in the mix, and I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to the page's updates, so I missed adding my cyber birthday wishes.

I'll make a note for next year.

Actually, I get a lot of page requests -- this social media thing is like kudzu.

Some page or cause requests I accept; others I ignore.

And some I've been known to join by accident because I wasn't paying attention -- like Florida Bartenders. After I accepted, I couldn't figure out how to un-accept, and it grabbed the attention of some of my Facebook "friends."

They wanted to know if I was planning a mid-life change of careers.

It's always good to have a Plan B, don't you think?

Hard as I try, all these new things, especially social media things, are confusing.

There seems to be a Facebook Page for just about everything these days from photos of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers to Michigan sports to, well, you name it.

If I wanted to, I could probably spend a week sifting through all the Facebook Pages out there in cyberspace.

Or is it Googleland?

I guess anyone can start a Facebook Page about anything.

I got a request for a page for classy ladies who like to say f***. I didn't join, but I know which of my Facebook Friends did.

I thought about it, really I did.

By my publisher is on Facebook, and we're friends. Facebook keeps track of these things and let's all of your friends know if you've friended someone or become a fan of a page or a cause.

I'm not so sure my publisher would have been amused.

I'd start a Facebook Page for my two dogs, but then I'd have to figure out how to do yet another new thing.

And quite frankly, my brain is full -- when it comes to learning new things right now.

Especially after spending hours re-editing a video. Five times if I counted correctly, before the video was small enough to be uploaded to the A2 Journal site.

You can ask my editor about my frustration level because I called her and told her: And I quote, "As my editor, you've earned the honor of hearing me bitch about ..." but she's a really good sport about this kind of stuff.

She reminded me that it would get easier the more I do it.

Yeah, right ... it's been how many weeks now and STILL the video part of this new social media stuff is kicking my butt.

But I have a plan.

In addition to reading "What Would Google Do?" I have another book titled, "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard."

I plan to sprawl out on the couch on my three-season porch in a few minutes with a fresh cup of coffee, enjoy the weather and start reading.

Change is good, right?

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Blogger Kasiler said...

Agree! Seems facebook pages, friends and causes are like belly-buttons: Everyone has one!!

April 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

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