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  1. I love facebook – I resisted it for a long time because I thought it was a teenager thing and I didn’t want to bug or embarrass my kids. Then they got old enough not to care and I dipped my toe in……and then took the full dive. I love the connections and the way you can keep up friendships when you live a long way away from people. btw you forgot to add #8 the stalker – I am a ninja stalker and love that side of fb too 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, It also took me a long time to get the FB bug, but once I got it, I got it. I love the way I’ve connected to so many people and realize I’ve already left out some more FB categories — like ninja stalkers! I sense a Part 2 coming. Thanks for reading.

  2. I love Facebook. It has brought me so much love and friendship. Friends and family members I have found from many years gone by. And it is always there waiting…in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep, someone is there to say a few kind words. I have recently unfollowed quite a few people, not unfriended, unfollowed…due to the election, but I still love it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Renee, I love the way FB has connected me with old friends and even relatives I haven’t talked to in years. I’ve also unfollowed a few people and I can see how politics can be dividing, which is why I never post anything in that vein. Thanks so much for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Tayla, I’m the same way with controversial stuff. I steer away, but still like reading the debates. They’re always interesting.

  3. Thought-provoking and all true! It can seem so narcissistic and yet, if you don’t share with others how will they know what’s happening with you? What I enjoy most are the wonderful videos and memes that crack me up each morning!

    • Laurie Stone

      Good point, Laura. We do learn about ourselves through FB. And yes, I’ve had days when the right meme at the right time makes all the difference. Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Corinne, Yes, filtering is key with FB. And I’ve had to unfollow a few people I couldn’t “live” with anymore. Way too intense, too often. Thanks for reading!

  4. I enjoyed the post, Laurie. I do think you may have missed one group on Facebook, though. There are people like me: The Incompetents, who really have no idea what they’re doing.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bun, I think I missed many categories — the promoters, the stalkers and now the incompetents! There may be a Part 2 in the future…

  5. Fun post to read! I started on Facebook when my best friend from college moved away. It was a way we could see pictures of each other’s children grow up. Many years later I’m amazed at how I’ve embraced it and met so many great people and friends from Facebook.

    • Laurie Stone

      Me too, Lori. I’ve also embraced FB and can’t believe the relationships I’ve made — and rekindled. Thank you for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Anna, I think we all overlap. I’ve been told I left out several — the promoter, the stalker, the incompetent(?). Maybe I’ll do Part 2! Thanks for reading.

  6. I enjoy Facebook – I like seeing how my old friends are doing & “chatting” to them; I like being in my local village groups to find out events,local news,party invites & other issues; I love reading & sharing the millions of blogposts from around the world; I love my blogger friends who I met online; I like to read & see how distant family are doing; have a nose at what my older offspring are up to (!) ….

    • Laurie Stone

      I agree, Linda. I also love that about Facebook. I never thought I’d get so into it when I first started, but here I am!

  7. Personally, I love Facebook. I reconnected with people that I grew up with and love the connections. As a blogger, I used to love FB but it no longer loves my Blog page…oh well, maybe the FB Gods will change the rules again…

    • Laurie Stone

      Rosemond, I think the most fun part of Facebook is reconnecting with old friends… some that go back 30 years. There’s something magical in that.
      Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I realized I’ve already left out several key categories, including the promoter (that would be me with blog posts) and the stalker, as someone else suggested. There are probably more. There might have to be a Part 2!

  8. I used to love FB but since the election, I shied away from it. I don’t know which category I fit into anymore. If I have to read one more political rant I think I’ll… don’t know what. So now, I’m limiting my time towards my blog on FB.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, You’re not alone. Since the election, there are huge divides on FB. I don’t blame you for taking a break.

  9. It took me a long time to warm up to Facebook, but once I started blogging it became a necessity. Now I think I am a little bit addicted to it! : )

    • Laurie Stone

      Shari, As much of a pain as it is, I’m also a little addicted. Blogging, for me, is very linked to Facebook, so Facebook and I are stuck with each other, for better or worse.

  10. I love FB. I am a little of all fb personalities. I share event pics, pics of the family for far away people to see, I post cat videos, the latest Brad Paisley videos, and my feelings on a lot of hot topics. Nothing draws out the lurkers on my page like a post questioning vaccine safety or that I hate GNO’s and Round Up. LOL
    Mostly I LOVE the online friends I have made.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michele, I also love the online friends I’ve made. Its amazing how you can feel close to someone, never having met them in person. For me, that’s the magic of Facebook.

  11. After a while I look forward to people’s post because it will be funny or clever or poignant or helpful. I do feel the community of friendship with those I comment and who comment back to me.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, Its funny how we can make virtual friends without ever meeting them. The internet has shown us interesting things about human nature.

  12. I think I am a combo of many of these. I was forced into social media when I authored my first book. I remember being a little afraid of technology at the time. It took me awhile to find my voice on social media. Mostly I use it for my menopause awareness mission, being a Grandma, and once in awhile for issues and concerns facing women in politics. I see all the negative and positive aspects of it. I do agree with you, it sure helps us to know that we are not alone. For that, I think it is wonderful.

    • Laurie Stone

      Ellen, I was also a novice several years ago, but now I find Facebook is part of my life. I like the term, “Finding your voice on social media.” That’s a good way of putting it. Maybe social media helps us discover who we are, in some ways.

  13. Yes, I share about my small people. And I post style/fashion, but my FAVORITE thing to do (and it has been this way for years) is to ask for good news – I LOVE to celebrate the GOOD my people are experiencing. And it always puts the biggest smile on my face.

    • Laurie Stone

      Danielle, In this world, we need all the good news we can get. That’s why I’m so grateful to the positive people and the comedians! They all keep us up and laughing… so important.

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