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24 August 2008 @ 10:15 pm
Every so often, when the stars are aligned and the planets are gazing coyly at one another over their shoulders, a rare and sweet harmony is reached between bully and geek, between PC and Mac users, between tomcat and bear. And on that same day, Kelly posts half a dozen entries on her LJ.

Today? Today is such a day. Sorry if I'm spamming your flists, my dears. I'm restless and typey-fingered. Thing is, I've just joined Facebook. I had no intention of doing so. I only joined MySpace to keep in touch with a few well loved folk who were not on LJ, but I was never comfortable there. Whatever my own comfort level, I have to suck it up and be on all of the major social networking sites as part of my new job.

Facebook seems a bit friendlier than MySpace. Even so, I have questions. My mini-feed is all clogged up with things like "kelly and snazzy mcfoofeypants are now friends." Can I delete those announcements without causing offense or lasting harm? Also, I don't know if I want to superpoke. Must I? I just want to see how the heck other people I know/like/have lost touch which and am delighted to find once more are doing.

But I'm blithering. Let's open it up to you. What do you think of the various social networking sites? Do you have any tips for a neophyte such as myself? Any etiquette I absolutely must know? What sites do you love? Hate? Ignore? Have you any awesome tips? Tricks? Anecdotes? LOLcats?

Go. Hit me. Share!
I feel: drunkscattered
Katevegryffindor on August 25th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Yay Facebook! I am a Facebook fan, fo' sho'. You can, indeed, edit what happens in your minifeed. Right now, I expect your mini feed is full of Kelly is now Friends With... because that's all you've done so far. Soon it'll start telling you what your friends are doing. I haven't switched over to "New Facebook" yet, (I don't like change) but there should be a link somewhere that says "Privacy" which should help you control what goes in your mini feed and what you get email notifications about... "Profile
Control who can see your profile and personal information.

Control who can search for you, and how you can be contacted.

News Feed and Mini-Feed
Control what stories about you get published to your profile and to your friends’ News Feeds.

Control what information is available to applications you use on Facebook."

That should be what you're looking for. :)

Also! There applications! Basically just neat little things to add to your profile to personalize it. YOU need the LOLcats application, and I strongly suggest flair, too. I will find you on Facebook and I will become your friend and you can look at my flair to decide if you want it. But I luuuurve flair. :)
Chad Dylan Cooper just stole my yogurt!: Psych: oh those intarwebsfaded_lilac on August 25th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
evegryffindor covered the minifeed thing! About applications: you will get 2398472487323824329842 invitations for applications. Don't feel bad about ignoring them! If you don't want to superpoke, don't superpoke. Pick a few fun ones that you like to add, if you want.

One of the reasons I love Facebook is that it keeps me organized, by telling me when people's birthdays are or when events I'm invited to are coming up. Also, I love love looking at people's pictures, and on Facebook they tend to be more varied than they were on Myspace.

Oh! And if you don't want people IMing you through it, down in the right corner you can turn the option off. It's easily unnoticed, so you might not know about it until a message pops up :P
kitmfkitmf on August 25th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
So friend me.
Cattomincloset on August 25th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
What I do with facebook is accept most invites so I can know what they are, and then if after a bit I find them annoying, I go through my applications and delete them, and then ignore them after that. Me personally, I hate Superpoke and FunWall, but I love Growing Gifts and PetPupz.
MythTicklejustjoust on August 25th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
It is intimidating at first. I hated it at the start and had a hard time figuring it out. You don't know what gets back to people, whether they know if you ignored their plant, gift, or super-smootch or not.
I don't think they do, at least I've never gotten a message that read: "So-and-so has ignored your request because you are a snowglobe-loving loser." But then again, I really don't send anything to people but the occasional 'Karma'. And seriously, who would turn down Karma?
But give it a few weeks, you'll warm up to it. I've been contacted recently by a couple of friends that I haven't seen in nearly twenty years, that alone has made all of the confusion totally worth it. PLUS, I was able to add you, and that was fun.

Bird on a Wing: Face It Togethercaragana_leaves on August 25th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Kelly can has facebook? OOoh! You can look me up by my email addy, emerald_isle_8 at hotmail dot com. I am, of course, the Erin White in Edmonton. :) When I'm not having to run out the door, I'll look you up too! <3
Mairearanturas on August 25th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kel on Facebook!! I've found some long lost friends on it and find it easier than LJ since I don't really have the super writing skills that you do. One of my favorite things -- being the freak that I am is if you add the Scramble (think Boggle without the trademark infringement) and you start a game the message line will say "Super Speller is improving their vocabulary" and I can't help but really want to add "but not, alas, their grammar"

Of course the electronic connections are nowhere near as good as the in-person connections....
Rennierengirlie87 on August 28th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
u must have bumpersticker application become i am an addict, and have a need to send you cute and entertaining ones like the twilight and pirate ones. any Q's hit me up, I live on facebook at school