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Monday, April 30, 2012

THANK YOU

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

This letter is overdue. I should have written it long ago when you began this Facebook idea and sucked me in with the ease of the pages and moving my MS friends list here and all the other things I first loved as I made my way through the unfamiliar but common sensical pages.

Thanks to you from the bottom of my heart for bringing old high school and grade school friends, people who influenced the woman I became, back into my everyday life. Almost like we were never separated by miles and life style changes and contributions to work places and families. Friends on the other side of the country, friends who live hours from me are now on my home page almost every day. I talk with them and we catch up or I leave a message and they answer when they have time. It's wonderful.  Want to share pictures of my kids or my grandkids with all the old friends? Clickity click and it's a done deal. I get to see all their fun stuff and hear all about what they do some 45 years later, as if we still lived in the same town.

New friends, oh, the new friends I have made. I am a writer and up until I got involved with Facebook, I was a lonely and solitary writer with the exception of a very dear friend who has passed now and my family, who would read my stuff and tell me how great I am.  Not that I don't like hearing that, but I love being part of a writing group. A group that supports, encourages and teaches by their own writings what works and what doesn't. A group that moved to Facebook from My Space and I am so glad I found them.

I have written 3 books without a clue how to write a book. I have learned and I have developed some as a writer just from being part of this group and my next book will be so much better. If I can stay off Facebook long enough to actually write a next book, that is.

I imagine a lot of people have written to tell you how much they hate this or hate that about anything you have changed or anything you need to change, but this letter is not about what I would restructure, but just about saying Thank You, Mr. Zuckerberg for putting this idea into the universe and allowing me to reconnect and branch out and really bloom in my relationships with people who are just too busy to be hanging on the phone or even to find each other.

Thank you for keeping us relatively safe here in cyber space and providing such an incredibly simple tool that even those who have little computer knowledge beyond checking email and forwarding jokes, can navigate through the pages and enjoy their friends old and new.  I have friends on here that hardly know more than how to turn on their machines, but they are safe here and will explore and learn and I love that.

Now about the timeline thing..........................

Jo

29 comments:

  1. This is so great. My sentiments exactly, especially the timeline thing! XOXO

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    1. lol thanks...I need to go back and tag him. DUH

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  2. Hey Jo, you make some great points, we all can find fault in anything we want, but looking for the good and then sharing it is far more difficult. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tim0...I hope he takes a minute to come check it out. I bet he'd like to be thanked instead of yelled at about timeline! LOL

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  3. You rock :) but you knew that right? :)

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    1. Awwww, well, no, but THANK YOU, TOO! ♥

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  4. Yes, you put into words things I was thinking and didn't even realize it. What she said, Mr. Zuckerberg

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    1. I think a lot of us think it and the prompt just gave me an excuse to DO it. I tagged him and pm'd him so maybe he'll read it. I don't know. I am sure I am speaking here for a ton of people. ♥

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  5. Wonderful post Jo~~ I think Mr. Z would appreciate reading this letter :)

    Cheers, Jenn ♥

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    1. Thank you so much. Maybe he will! ♥

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  6. Well said, Jo - sometimes it's too easy to be critical (well, there is the timeline issue, of course!) but I agree with everything you've said about keeping in contact with old friends, and making so many new ones - friends who've supported me and my writing, made me laugh, made me cry, left me awed by their courage and resilience, and simply 'been there'.

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    1. You've got it Paula. I actually don't mind the Timeline, but I do miss a lot of posts for some reason and will find them 2 weeks after they were left, don't know why.
      thanks for always having something positive to say. :)

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  7. I concur ALL of these comments, especially the one from Claudia - "you rock." And you absolutely do! It has been so much fun for me meeting all of you. Thank Mark Z. You rock too! :)

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    1. It has been my pleasure to be your friend MiMi. I just absolutely love this group of writers. And you ♥

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  8. Nice, Jo. But I have to say that though I wasn't so sure at first, I LOVE the timeline thing. :O)

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    1. I've come to be comfortable with it, but I do miss posts and that annoys me. The notification doesn't seem as good or something. I don't know what it is, maybe just me.
      thanks buddy. ♥

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  9. Jo, you've got me giggling and nodding.

    Yeah, I still am not sure about the timeline thing, but am willing to roll with it.

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    1. I'm getting used to it. It's working for me. ♥

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  10. Nice to see a positive letter Jo - and I feel much the same way. Not so many connections as yours, but the ones I've made really mean a lot to me.

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    1. It has truly enhanced my life immeasurably. I have made the best and most supportive and loving friends here and the old friends from childhood are just amazing to have back in my life.
      I really do ♥ it.

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  11. Aw, how darn sweet! And about timeline. I really like it and was an early adopter and had to really work to find the instructions on how to load it up on my page way before the "launch" or "forced incorporation." :-)

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    1. I did the same and I'm getting used to it, but I find it more cumbersome. It works for me, but it isn't an improvement in my mind. It's just new. ♥

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  12. Awww... I love this!!! So many times, we get a little miffed with Mr. Z for the changes, but we adapt after a while. I LOVE the timeline. I think I was one of the few who changed to the timeline when it was optional. I LOVE the ability to add personality to my page. As we know, I have a need to express myself (little giggle) and this gives me a little extra to use to express myself. I love changing my avatar and my timeline photo and usually my photo is saying something about me and the things I think/feel/enjoy/love... If it's the 2 column thing that distracts, you can line everything up by hovering over the top right corner of each post, then click on the star that pops up.

    I had a Facebook account far longer than when I actually began to use it. I am the originator of the first "I HATE FACEBOOK" group. hee hee I confess that I came to Facebook kicking and screaming over the death of MySpace. I was convinced that nothing would ever be the same but with some concessions, I now like it better... So, I join you in thanking Mr. Z!

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    1. I came hesitantly for a different reason. I came because I didn't really like my space. Facebook appeared easier to me and I thought I would like it better. I do. Much.
      I hardly ever was on my space and as you know, I live here now! he he he
      The timeline is interesting to me. I also switched early, but I don't find it Better, just different.

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  13. You rock Jo. If it weren't for face book I would have never found you or the delightful group of writers that have now become a very important facet of my life. I feel very blessed to have found you Jo. Without Face Book, I can't imagine it being possible. ♥

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Without Facebook I would spend a lot of time being alone these days. Seriously, it has added so much to my life. Friends I cherish and would never have met, like you. Mr. Z has my gratitude and my respect.

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  14. Good choice of people to thank.
    I actually like the timeline idea. Now, if they could just figure out how to add a decent blogging platform to facebook it would be perfect!

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    1. I like blogger and I'm adjusting to timeline. It's all good.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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