Friday, January 28, 2011

Why I Rely on Facebook


Granted, the snowstorm started earlier than expected. We were supposed to get rain on Wednesday, and the snow wasn’t supposed to start until that evening. But when I got up in the morning, it was snowing like the dickens, and I had received no call.

I’m supposed to get a call – two, actually. One call goes out to the parents of the school district, and one goes out to the teachers. (They claim they can’t fix the system so I only get woken up once.)

I did a double-take and looked at all that snow. Then I shook my phone to see if it was working. Then I checked the school website – and there was nothing.

Then I opened Facebook, which I should have done in the first place.

Five minutes before Gabbey was supposed to walk out to the bus stop, I saw a posting on Facebook that Channel 10 reported a delayed opening for our school district. (Thank you, Tracy Litchfield!)

I don’t know what held up the official school announcement on Wednesday, but I didn’t get my notification phone call until long after Gabbey would have tramped out in the snow to stand out by the road. Lately, Facebook has become my best news source for everything I need to know … births, illnesses, engagements, and school closings …

What do YOU use Facebook for?

8 comments:

  1. Mainly to keep in touch with people. That storm was annoying. I can't believe how much snow we got.
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I do the same thing! Twitter has news as soon as it happens while the rest of the world has yet to catch up.

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  3. I heard about the late announcement. A little crazy since the superintendent lives right up the road from me.

    I use facebook to keep in touch with my friends when we all went separate ways after graduation. At least that's what I'm using it for right now, anyway.

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  4. hi miss dianne! for me i dont use face book cause you gotta be more old than i am to be on it. ack! if i lied so i could get on it could that be just creative writing and not lying?
    ...smiles and hugs from lenny
    ps happy friday!

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  5. I wonder if schools will one day find it easier to use Twitter and Facebook as the official notification systems.

    Until then, what a way to find out...

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  6. I use Facebook mainly to stay in touch with family -- it's a great place to share photos. Oh, and I also play Wordscraper with friends. A lot. It's a great relaxer during breaks from writing.

    For my more writing-related social networking, I rely on Twitter and blogs.

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  7. I use Facebook mostly to let people know when I have a book review or an interview on my blog.

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  8. I think the use of social media to convey news and information is growing exponentially. We live in amazing times, for sure.

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