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Editor's features are on Facebook

June 05, 2010|By TONY MULIERI

Someone asked me the other day if I was on Facebook.

That's an interesting question.

I'm not sure if I am or not.

My wife, Linda, opened a Facebook page to communicate with her reunion buddies.

My sons all have Facebook pages.

My photo appears on my wife's page with her, and my photo has shown up on some other sites, holding my granddaughter and at various get-togethers I've attended.

But am I on Facebook?

Well, maybe. But I don't use Twitter and my fingers are too fat to text message, and I wouldn't anyway even if they were svelte.

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I'm on Facebook by association, I guess. I go to the site to see what's new, but I don't comment on anything and I don't post anything.

That could change.

The guy who asked me if I was on Facebook also asked if I thought he was the kind of guy who should be on Facebook.

I told him I could be his test friend. Not his BFF -- Best Friend Forever -- but his test friend. I told him he could use me to communicate with and then he could see if that's what he wanted to do.

I guess he would have to go to my wife's page to find me.

I'm the guy in the photo with her.

But I have to tell you, these social networking websites like Facebook are another chore, like taking out the trash. You have to be vigilant in keeping it updated or you have Mother's Day wishes still on your site at Father's Day.

We do.

My mom always told me I was good at taking out the trash and cutting the grass, but this Facebook site is another thing all together.

I think Facebook is perfect for class reunions. You can post photos of your children and grandchildren, and swap stories about what you've been up to since high school or college or the last reunion.

It's another way to communicate with people without having to look them in the eye or talk to them on the phone.

And isn't that what a lot of us want?

You could conceivably go an entire day without talking to anyone while continually communicating with people electronically.

I get more messages at work on e-mail than through phone calls. I can't recall what I did before e-mails. I guess I opened a lot of mail, but the memory escapes me. I guess I'll have to send myself an e-mail about that.

Some have their paychecks automatically deposited in bank accounts, so they don't have to talk to anyone at the bank if they don't want to. Personally, I haven't done that yet. I still come to The Herald-Mail every other Friday to pick up my check and go to the bank, where I swap stories with the tellers while depositing my check.

They haven't asked me yet if I'm on Facebook.

Tony Mulieri is community editor of The Herald-Mail. He can be reached by telephone at 301-791-7647 or by e-mail at tonym@herald-mail.com">tonym@herald-mail.com. He does not have a Facebook page.

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