What 10 years of Facebook means to me …

So Facebook turned 10 years old today. That’s just seems crazy to me. It doesn’t seem that long ago when I hopped onboard in 2006. Well, July 26, 2006 to be exact. I actually found that out about five years ago the long way when you didn’t have your timeline. I just had to keep scrolling back, and back, and back, and back … and back until I got to the end. It took a long time. And, I’m kind of both proud and ashamed of this fact?!

Facebook has changed society. It’s changed the way we communicate, the way we interact and connect. I really wonder if this was what was expected 10 years ago? Personally, I’ve been able to re-connect with friends from K-12, college, my mission and even friends that moved away when I was a kid. Not to mention I’ve been able to maintain friendships from college much easier than any homecoming or reunion or offer.

Facebook has also changed my running. It served as a MAJOR vehicle of motivation and accountability when I started my weight-loss journey. Sure, I had the blog, but it was the people on Facebook that knew me best and it was difficult sharing my successes and failures online. But, the support has always been overwhelmingly positive. Even when Facebook Pages came around and I made my blog page the additional support from complete strangers has been uplifting and inspiring.

I strongly believe that one of the reasons I have been able to stay motivated in my running is because of the running community that I’ve been able to have on Facebook. The Runners Anonymous group that I’ve been a part of the past couple of years has been a HUGE blessing and motivator. We’re all runners, we’re all a little bit crazy, we’re all friends and we’d all be there for each other if needed. Some I never even met before.

But, without people like Susette, Robert Merriman, Becca, the Ridings, Janet, Cindy, Amy, Jonathan, Monnica, etc., etc., etc. (I wish I could list EVERYONE here) I don’t know if I would stay motivated to keep going. Going to races would get old because who would there be to run with? To laugh with? To hangout with afterwards? Running doesn’t always have to be a solitary sport, especially on race day. Runners Anonymous and Facebook in general has given many more reasons to keep running.

Sure there are downsides to Facebook. I don’t dare write anything remotely political. I hate reading any major thread because it’s a reminder how many stupid people are out there in the world today. And, don’t even get me started on the Facebook games. I’ve pretty much universally blocked all game invitations. I have no interest in Farmville, Candy Crush or Words with Friends. That’s a waste of time. I’d rather be out running than stuck at home playing them all.

But, more than anything Facebook has been a great way to document my life. It was kind of fun watching my “Look Back” video that Facebook made for each user. It really capture a lot of wonderful moments. From my weight-loss journey, my running journey and my Mom’s breast cancer journey as well. It really hit on some very precious moments. But, more than anything it was interesting seeing how my perspective has changed over the years. Maybe that’s just maturity? But, the course of eight years will change you as well.

Either way, I sure hope Facebook stays around for another 10 years or longer. I want to continue to cultivate friendships, document my life and connect with friends yet found.



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