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Do you do Facebook? Are you LinkedIn? What about a MySpace page, do you have one of those?

I have to admit, I came into the whole social networking scene a little late. I only started a Facebook page this year (gasp!). I honestly just didn't feel like I had the time or energy for it. But after much peer pressure, I gave in. And of course now that I have one, I enjoy spending time on it - putting up my favorite books and movies, playing Scrabble, posting photos, keeping up with friends, and even finding some old high school friends I'd lost track of.

I often wonder about the draw of social networking. Just what is it that's made the whole thing so popular? I mean, sure, there's the "social" part of it - seeing what your friends are up to, communicating easily with them (even over long distances), finding out interesting insights about them. You feel connected and like you're part of?well, a network of friends.

But I also think part of the appeal is the opportunity to define yourself. These spaces are all about personalizing. You get to choose your friends, your games, your applications. You decide what you want to display and where you want it displayed. On MySpace, you can even choose from hundreds of backgrounds - making your page as colorful, eclectic, or artsy as you want it to be. As you consider yourself to be.

Because that's what it is in the end. This space is your place to say, "This is who I am." Under "Religion," there isn't just a simple box for "Christian." You can put Jesus-follower, Passionate about Jesus, Reconciled With God, Redeemed. And each of those labels says something about you. So do your choices for favorite music, books, movies?and the stuff you opt to put in your "Interests" category. These are all true things about you, but they're not everything - they're selective. After all, there isn't room to put up every book you love, or all the music you listen to. So you choose what to put up based on an idea you have of yourself. And an image you want to project?

I'm fun and silly (just look at my photos!). I'm alternative (you can tell by the music and TV shows I've chosen). I'm well-traveled (see the map). I'm deep (just look at the quotes I put up). I'm an artist (check out these links to my art and read my "interests"). I'm ambitious (see my work history). I'm enjoying life (again, look at the photos). I'm a Christian, but I break the stereotypes (see my whole page).

July 22, 2008 at 5:59 PM

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