Reviewing my Facebook history from Day One (which you can learn how to download yourself), I’ll guess I joined the social networking site in the spring of 2005 shortly after I gained an .edu email address in graduate school.
The site was devoid of the many features evident today, but I do recall more customizations available than on MySpace which used to be the place to be.
Facts from my Facebook past…
August 30, 2005: I wrote a message to someone for the first time.
August 20, 2006: Someone wrote on my wall for the first time.
November 5, 2006: Someone sent me an event invitation for the first time.
January 1, 2007: I shared my first note.
June 15, 2007: I shared my first photo album.
June 15, 2010: I shared my first video.
Ahh, the memories!
Deconstructing how we connect on Facebook…
People connect with each other on Facebook in one of three ways (games and applications aside): profiles, groups, and pages.
The profile is where you can be a friend of someone else. It takes two to tango, as friendships require mutuality. I used to be friends with the world but in recent months I’ve narrowed the list to about 150 family members and close real world friends. My privacy settings go a step further where I exclude the profile from search engine results for my name.
The group is similar to the page, except the former is hidden by search engines and the latter is seen by search engines. Because search engines can see pages, so too can any person whether or not a Facebook user. Groups can only be seen by group members.
I used to manage groups but since segued into pages.
Looking to my Facebook future…
I filed paperwork in December 2008 to do business as Ari Herzog & Associates. I haven’t publicized my business name much, but the services I provide promote it.
My new Facebook page promotes it, too.
If you want to follow my business updates, inclusive of future blog posts (written by me here and guest posted elsewhere), as well as news about clients I help and workshops I teach, I encourage you to “like” me at this Facebook page for Ari Herzog & Associates.
You can expect more business articles on this blog and on that Facebook page in the coming weeks and months as I continue to segue my blogging from explicit strategies on social media to benefits of media as a whole. I hope you stick around here, and that you consider liking me over there.