Are you obsessed with your friend’s status reports? I am. I’m pretty sure that I also like the attention that comes when others comment on my status. Did you know that Facebook played a major role in mobilizing the GLBT Community after the passing of Proposition 8? It did. Guess how many times I checked Facebook while writing this? (3 so far) Yeah, it’s a little nutty. 6 months ago when someone suggested that I join Facebook I answered, a bit incredulously, “Uh, that’s for kids, hello!” Boy was I wrong. Now I look incredulously at others, “What do you mean you’re not on Facebook?” How else will you know that your friend in Nebraska just bought a new pair of sneakers? Or that Jack in NY is a Fan of Rachel Maddow? (Now at 4 cuz I had to confirm that Jack was actually a fan of RM) Here’s something, most people don’t call it FB. Why is that? We are a society of shortener’s. Yeah, we are. Texting: LOL, Where R U? Emailing: Who reads more than the first 5 sentences in an email? And Names: Do you know my friend JMB? Because JohnMichael Beck is just too long to say. I am the king of shortening. My very first assistant was Adrianne. No, that took to long. She became Addie and I got her down to Ad in those final days. But I digress. (Let me look at Facebook to remind myself why I am writing this – 5) Just for the record, Brian just commented on Beckie’s photo. I really needed to know that. Is Facebook the new cultural escape? Is TV that lame? Are even web sites becoming stagnant? I actually think so. I used to be a CNN junkie but now I check the front page twice daily and only very rarely click through. But I can tell you now (6 checks) that 5 of my friends are attending a holiday party later today. I think that I am getting it. I am immediate. And so is the world. And I have a little bit of ADD. In fact, one friend summed it up nicely for me. I said, “Well, you know that I have a short attention span.” To which he replied, “Sam, you never even get to the span part!” (7 – someone in New England just got power back after 48 hours) Facebook is here and it looks like it will be part of our culture for a while. But, Twitter and others are making their moves too. You can text immediately to your network where you are/what you’re doing. Even though I am a late-adopter I bet it won’t be too long before I am Twittering. Twitting? Twit? Twing, there it is! I gotta go now, It’s Julie’s b-day (8) and I got to go write on her wall.