If you think you are too old for this, consider what I have found out recently. Facebook is by far the coolest social media available today and millions are fleeing Myspace, 360, Multiply and what have you for the joy and benefits of being on it. I signed up for it to track my friends and relatives in the States, specially my LA family and friends. In no time I was in touch with many of them.
It is fun to put myself into the younger generation's frame of mind, to know what our kids are thinking and to touch base with them in ways not possible before the advent of the new global media. I have friends in Singapore who are half my age (see my sidebar?) and they are so fun to be with, not at all shallow and I have learned more from them than from jaded adults. It is also a way to keep in touch with my Filipino network in Singapore (friends, you have not updated). True, I also have neglected my Facebook when I started to get so busy with work but I am trying to rock it, lol.
You will be surprised who you will run into at Facebook. It is NOT designed as a dating nor a hookup site (oh, but sure you can if you want to). Its CEO and founder began the social media at Harvard and hence the rapid succession in all of Boston and the world. See this photo? A smarter, better-looking Bill Gates, I have to say. >>
I don't know about you but Facebook seems able to serve a myriad of significant purposes for a professional like me who is venturing out and embracing the world, eager to share whatever skills or competencies I have. Been setting up my social networks, and throwing a bit of fun into it isn't so bad.
MySpace is equipped with this functionality but I doubt that it is being used in the manner Facebook has used its network apps, that is, by leveraging privacy and perhaps more importantly, benefiting from targeted network listings. Items such as jobs, things for sale, etc. are posted into networks. That makes them easier to find and more relevant. Classifieds at Myspace do not work as well unless they are geographically based. No such boundaries at Facebook.
I don't know if all these will serve me in good stead for the long stretch. But for now at Facebook, I am easily able to track people I have met in conferences wherever they are in the world, former colleagues, schoolmates at UP, relatives who migrated, former bosses. This blogger is integrated with my Facebook and my posts appear there regularly. My bookmarks on delicious are there, oh what else? I am also linked and easily updated with causes I support. All these in one stop, can you imagine. If not, try it for yourself!