Has anyone noticed that Facebook's suggestions are becoming more aggressive? Perhaps their new tagline could be "Facebook, your digital friend coach: We help you find friends, provide guidance on how to connect with them and never let you forget a birthday." Sometimes the reminders have a sad quality about them. Today, I was prompted to help a friend find more friends–is there something that triggers this prompt?
Then there are the paternal reminders, "you haven't spoken with Jack in a while, send him a message," Forget that Jack used to taunt me about my height in high school, "Hey Jack, what up bro?" And then there's the seamlessly unlimited supply of friend suggestions, and despite how inane they are, I can't resist clicking on them. I wrote earlier on the Five Phases of Facebook, and I'm still at acceptance. I am grateful for friends tagging good reads, sharing reactions to the season finale of Dexter, or encouraging folks to support health care reform, or same sex marriage, but I remain perplexed by the stream of quizzes, and Farmville updates. I'm also struck by the conversations that start here. My college consitutional law classmate debating with my Parisian neighbor out here in the 'burbs. Facebook, where worlds collide. How's your Facebook experience these days? Love it? Hate it? Can't imagine life without it?