Thursday, June 3, 2010

Facebook thoughts

My daughter Moira dragged me kicking and screaming into this century by convincing me to join Facebook. My internal hermit doesn’t want to socialize, doesn’t talk on the phone, thinks a twitter is a ditz on steroids, and rants about e-mail spam.

Then the epiphany: Before I hire a new employee, I check them out the old fashion way⎯a criminal and credit check. I instinctively rejected one young person who walked in the door of my store in torn Levis, a face of iron gadgets, and tattoos on the neck. Call me an old fogey, a bigot, or xenophobe; I couldn’t tell if this thing was male, female, or other. It was armed with a computer generated half-page resume that I dutifully received so said thing could document It’s honest attempt at obtaining gainful employment.

Prior to feeding my shredder, I noticed It’s prominent asset was “knows how to do Facebook.” WOW!

So I looked It up. Didn’t need to spend money on a background check⎯it was all there , blazing in the profile for the world to see. There was also a photo essay of the other tattoos. Don’t get me wrong⎯I think skin art is neeto-bezeeto, but I won’t hire someone with KISS MINE on It’s ass. I don’t want to see that live and in person when I fire It for ___________ (fill in the blank).

I also found an applicant with a professional image, a profile of diverse interests, activities, educational growth, and a positive philosophy. I was too late- somebody else hired her.

So I got faced. I want the world to know my hermit. I want to excite. I want to stimulate. I want to challenge. If I rejoin the workforce, I want my image to sell me.

After class Tuesday night, I want to use this blog and Facebook to self-promote my book.

My point? Facebook is a double edged sword. Be careful what you say. The world is listening.

Facebook is the social equivalent of Newton’s second law of thermodynamics: High quality energy reduced by entropy to the heat of society. That heat can sooth or destroy.

Moira, for her doctoral thesis, is demonstrating the value of Facebook for improving the human condition. Please take a minute to read five reasons why Facebook is good for your health.

1 comment:

  1. Well James, I have to agree with your daughter. My sister and I had a conversation earlier tonight that Facebook, e-mail, etc all provide a certain level of companionship, especially if you live alone or far away from relatives.
    And being online beats watching TV in every way I can think of.

    Happy days,