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Social mirror

Until recently, I’d never given much thought to how Facebook got its start.

Now the trailers for “The Social Network” are appearing on television and in theaters, and I am beginning to get a hint of what the founders had in mind when they created Facebook.

Sitting in their Harvard dorm rooms, they imagined this hip insiders’ guide to the Ivy League experience.  So I have to wonder — what do they think of what Facebook has become?

People posting pictures of their evening meal.  Their children’s first day of school.  Extremely cute dogs and cats.   And status updates ranging from the mundane to the ridiculous.

And let’s not forget all the business that is now being conducted on Facebook.  (Did you know some people use it to promote their blogs and improv shows?  Whackadoodle. :))

Facebook today is simply as boring or as exciting as we are, because Facebook has become a very detailed reflection of our day-to-day lives…of everybody’s lives.

Not so insider, huh?

Oh well, they pocketed billions.  I’ll bet that kinda dough has even tempted them to ‘like’ a Sunday church service shout-out from time to time.

You pokin’ me?

I’m a poker.  If you poke me, I’ll poke you.  Love to poke.

Poke, poke, poke.

If we’re friends.
If we know each other.
If we both understand what poking is all about.

But lately, I’ve been signing into Facebook — you did know I was talking about Facebook poking, right? — and people I’ve never seen before are on my pokers’ list.

We’re not friends.
We’ve never been friends.
So, I’m certainly not going to poke ’em.

Haven’t these people heard of sending friend requests?  Is a poke the new friend-making shorthand?

I think not.

If you’ve been using this strategy to make new friends on Facebook, let me share a little etiquette that I made up this very moment:

Poking is way intimate.  You can poke your friends, but they have to be existing friends.  Friends that get what you mean by the poke.  Not random strangers who come up and poke you, when you don’t know what the poke means to the other person.

This is important stuff here.

Don’t be messing with the poke.  The thing’s loaded.