The many faces on Facebook

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Friday, February 28, 2014

FIRST there was Friendster.

While I have observed how the young people and even the not-so-young were agog over Friendster, it took me longer to join, thinking that it’s not for my age.

When I finally got convinced to join Friendster and before I got the hang of it, Friendster vanished, and along with it were my posted pictures and my friends list.


Then Facebook came.

And unlike Friendster, I have noticed that Facebook immediately hooked not only the young people but also people of all ages, not to mention even the ‘animal’ group (my son got a Facebook account for our pet-dog).
Back then, in most offices, including government offices, ‘Facebooking’ during work hours were not allowed.

Thus, even if I knew that most of my friends have Facebook accounts and were enjoying posting their pictures and activities, still I was reluctant to join the bandwagon, thinking that it is against the civil service.

Then came our new regional director, who openly told us that his style of management is paperless, that we can use the internet for our office operations.

He encouraged us to tap the Internet, and to use the social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) in our line of work.

Assured that I am safe to use Facebook even during office hours, I opened my own account.

When I requested my kids to add me to their friends list, I received a combination of reaction.

‘Yes, Mama is now in Facebook! She is becoming like us,” Haifa said.

‘Mama, you are in Facebook?” asked my son.

“Yes, why not?”

‘Mama, Facebook is only for the young people, like us.” I saw his sweet, ‘mocking’ smile.

“Anak, I need to, I need Facebook, primarily for my work. It can post my press releases, and my office activities, for free!”

Still I saw that not-so-convinced look from my son’s facial expression.

It’s been almost five years now since I enrolled in Facebook.

In this span of time, I have seen how it has evolved, and how much it has helped me in my work, not to mention my expanded network of friends not only in the Philippines but all over the world, renewing communication with long-lost high school classmates, teachers, co-workers and acquaintances.

There are times when Facebook starts and ends my day. And I enjoy reading posts, shares and most of all, pictures posted by friends.

Pictures speak a thousand words, so they say, and indeed, I have become so observant, trying to analyze every picture and relate it to what is being said in the status.

I also would reflect how I come in, based on the comments and likes of people.

There are times that my posts would leave me some regrets, but most of the time, it gives me a high, happy feeling.

But one thing I have noticed, there are many types of people in Facebook.
As I scroll the posts, I somehow get an idea what type of a ‘Facebooker’ one is.

One day, I came across something, about the types of people on Facebook.
Want to know what type of a “Facebooker” are you? (I credit that somebody who I could not remember anymore for posting this). Here it is:

The LURKER - Never posts anything or comments on your posts.

The HYENA - Doesn’t ever really say anything, but only LOLS and LMAOs at everything.

The Mr./Ms. POPULAR - Has thousands of friends for no reason.

The GAMER - Plays Farmville, Candy Crush, etc. all day.

The PROPHET - Every post makes reference to God.

The THIEF - Steals status updates.

The CYNIC - Hates his/her life and everything in it, as evidenced by the somber tone in all of his/her status updates.

The COLLECTOR - Never post anything either, but joins every group and becomes fans of the most random stuff.

The PROMOTER - Always sends event invitations to things that you ultimately delete or ignore.

The LIKER - Never actually says anything, but always clicks the ‘like’ button.

The HATER - Every post revolves around someone hating him/her and swear people are trying to ruin his/her life.

The ANTI-PROOFREADER - This person would benefit greatly from spell check, and sometimes you feel bad for him/her and you wonder if he/she were typing fast, or really can’t spell.

The DRAMA KING/QUEEN - This person always posts stuff like ‘I can believe this!” or “They gonna make me snap today,” in the hopes that you will ask what happened or what’s wrong, but then he/she never finish telling the story.

The WOMP WOMP - This person consistently tries to be funny but never is.

The NEWS - Always updates you on what they are doing and who they are doing it with, no matter how arbitrary.

The ROOSTER - Feels that it is his/her job to tell Facebook “Good morning” everyday.

I know we can add more to the above types of “Facebooker” and I know that we may be a combination of one or two of those types.

Our life does not revolve around Facebook and what others perceived us based on how we come on Facebook does not necessarily follow that we are that in real life.

For as long as Facebook is here, for as long as we continue to see ‘faces’ of people on Facebook, enjoying their posts, we can smile at the thought that Mark Zuckerberg and his college classmates gave us something that could make our day.

And whether Facebook would suffer the same fate as Friendster, only billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his business partners can say that.


Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 28, 2014.


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