Facebook Fascination Part 2.0
Rick Coates 2/9/09
Facebook has become essentially the modern day virtual class and family reunion, giving users 24/7 access to long lost acquaintances, former classmates, relatives, friends and even business associates, Facebook and other social networking sites (MySpace, Twitter, Friendster) seem to be here to stay. Projections point to Facebook having more than 500 million users by the end of 2011.
But not everyone is fanatical about Facebook. Just ask realtor and radio personality Jack Lane of Traverse City.
I see it as the Trojan horse of the 21st century, Lane says. There are some people who are always searching for something in their life -- something that they think is missing. This idea of finding former friends and classmates is an odd one. I believe there is a reason why people are in your past, and maybe they should stay there.
While not a fan, Lane maintains a Facebook account to keep up with his college-age sons. He is not alone: many parents open Facebook accounts to stay in touch with kids who are off at college.
Bev Sanchez of Petoskey also is not a big fan of Facebook.