I’m 28 years old, and Facebook belongs to my generation.
I joined Facebook as a college student, when it truly was ours and only ours. All the youth growing up now constantly connected to the internet are following in our footsteps. In high school, we chatted on AOL Instant Messenger late into the night. In college we experimented with various online connections (Xanga, LiveJournal, NationStates), but when Facebook entered the scene, all those other options fell away. Oh, they still exist, but none of us use them anymore. We still use Facebook.
I remember hoping and waiting for my college to connect to Facebook. That was the day when Facebook belonged to the colleges and universities. That’s why I joined, actually. As far as social networking went, Facebook offered more security and privacy than other websites like MySpace back then. We had to sign up with our college-assigned e-mail account, and there was no such thing as a public profile. Our college network plus our friends from other schools was as “public” as we could get. I chose a more private option, limiting my profile to only my friends and blocking out the rest of my college network. Continue reading