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Facebook – The Amazing People I’ve Met

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Joyce Matthews is an amazing woman.  She runs her own business, http://joycematthewsportfolio.com, facilitating leadership programmes, coaching school leaders, travelling the world and doing million of other things.  Her list of credentials is probably longer than my average blog.  She is extremely busy and yet, she finds time for mere mortals like me.

Another super-woman is Lynsey Whitehouse, who I think has a brain size of a planet.  She has degrees in Engineering, Psychology and Business Management.  How much more diverse can you get?  She runs a very successful ‘6in6’ course on-line (see http://thinkdrawlive.com for that) which teaches people how to overcome obstacles preventing them from achieving their goals.  Like Joyce, despite being ultra-busy, Lynsey also has time for me and other people, if we need her advice or a comment on something.

What do these two brilliant women have in common?

I met both Joyce and Lynsey on-line, while doing a business course less than two months ago, but I’ve got to know them better since I set up my Facebook page.  They are just two of the inspiring people I’ve met on Facebook; there are others, too.

The amazing thing is that I’ve only been on Facebook for less than 3 weeks, coming out of no-where, and now I know people who I would probably never had a chance of meeting in the ‘real world’.

Facebook is not as bad as I thought…

I was very sceptical about Facebook to start with and very resistant to the idea of joining in.  I was persuaded by some of my friends and now I can see that it is not all as bad as I feared.  My feelings are still a bit mixed, but on balance, I’m glad I got tempted.

One of the things I don’t like about Facebook is that it wants people to provide a lot of personal details when setting up an account. Thankfully, it is possible to leave nearly all of these spaces blank, so if you want to keep your address, education or employment details private, just don’t put them in.  I don’t trust the ‘privacy’ settings, they apparently have a habit of reverting from ‘private’ to ‘public’ when something changes on the page, so it’s safer not to provide information you don’t want to broadcast.

I am still largely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content on Facebook, annoyed about the ads taking up space (there is probably some setting to deal with these, that I yet have to discover) and sometimes a bit confused about where to post or ask questions etc…  But this doesn’t matter, I just ignore all the things I don’t understand or don’t like and focus on what is important – and that’s the people I’ve met.

The people I’ve met are amazing.

My Facebook circle is very small, but it includes some of the most generous and kind people I have ever known.  We help one another solve ‘techie’ problems, share information and volunteer ideas without expecting anything in return, provide support and encouragement when someone feels low.  Isn’t this what friends do?

In one of my earlier posts about Facebook, I said that I didn’t like the concept of ‘friending’ people on on-line.  I thought there was something unnatural about wanting to be friends with someone I’ve never met in person.  Now, I realize that I didn’t quite see it for what it was.  I think it doesn’t matter so much how and where I meet people, but what the relationships are like.  If they are kind, sincere and supportive, then that’s all I need.

Thank you, my Facebook friends, for being there.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Facebook – The Amazing People I’ve Met

  1. I’ve gone the other way and no longer have a FB account. I found I was spending far too much precious time being non-productive. Now I spend that time writing and blogging. I hope your experience is a more enriched on than mine. I think one of the keys is to keeping your friend circle just that ‘friends’ with whom you interact rather than never hear from.

    1. Thank you for your advice, Linda. Yes, I can see already that Facebook can suck out a lot of time, so I have to manage it! I’ll try to keep my circle of Facebook friends small but meaningful 🙂

  2. Beata, it’s been absolutely wonderful seeing you go from technophobe and social media sceptic to one of the most adept users, with a beautiful website, getting the most out of this great virtual world now available to us. All in a matter of weeks! And in fact leading others, too! Your writing is always so honest and natural – keep it up!

    1. Oh Michi, thank you! You see, I either do something or don’t do it at all. Half-doing it doesn’t quite make sense to me…Please try out my brand new ‘like me on facebook’ button! 🙂

  3. Neat reading about you just beginning on Facebook. As a user for awhile now I have my likes and dislikes too. It’s definitely made the world a lot smaller in the way that you can meet people from all over the world.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Katharine. I totally agree about Facebook’s ‘shrinking effect’ on the world.

  4. I love Facebook and love the relationships I am able to build through it. My family is scattered across the country and by sharing photos I can watch my great-nieces and nephews grow up. I feel like I’m part of their lives. I have reconnected with old friends I never would otherwise talk to again. We have all grown up and matured, but we share a connection from long ago.

    I’m with you. Ignore what you don’t like. Protect your private information. Take advantage of what you can learn from the community.

    1. Thank you, Cathy. The learning and support I’ve had from my newly found Facebook friends has been fantastic!

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