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Do you Facebook?

First, there were the yahoo-groups, which eventually led to the creation of urbanMamas three or so years ago.  But, beyond the online groups, there are blogs and websites that convene oodles and oodles of people.  A while back, it seemed like all the cool kids were on Friendster.  Now, they're on MySpace.  Or Twitter?  Even Portland mamas and papas are on MeetUp.com.  It's online social network gone wild.

A former Portland mama just emailed me an invite to FaceBook, the latest and greatest of this genre of social webs.

I'm not sure I'm there yet.  Has anyone used Friendster, MySpace, Twitter, MeetUp, or FaceBook?  Have you met mamas or papas like you?  Or, reconnected with old friends (like my friend swears she did?)?  I think I can barely handle keeping up with favorite feeds we read and the yahoo groups....

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I signed up recently. MySpace feels like the Lloyd mall food court on a rainy weekend afternoon where Facebook feels like the Hollywood Farmers Market before noon. Maybe this GenX'er is getting old but after reading this months article in Wired about Facebook, I tend to agree with their premise that it is a much more ordered and authentic space.

They do have a cool feature called "networks". Maybe we can build an UrbanMamas network (as a workplace?) where you can opt-in if you wish to be found by other UM's and UP's.

Might want to check out this article concerning FaceBook: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20960140/

I'd avoid Facebook, simply because they have a no-tolerance policy on pictures of breastfeeding. I loathe MySpace, but I love Virb. Twitter is fantastic, but not so much for networking per se...perhaps we could consider starting a group on Maya's Mom? (I'd put up links to all these, but I'm not sure what the hyperlink policy is...the urls should be pretty straightforward, though.)

Facebook is WAY better than myspace.

I've been on LinkedIn for years and I love it for biz networking (and for watching where my former colleagues are ending up!) and picked up Twitter as soon as anyone did. now I have a really cool network of followers and followees that keep me in touch with the world.

I have to stay on top of all the latest social networking media for work (I'm a big Digg-er and was into del.icio.us long before Yahoo! bought it -- I've tried and discarded Ryze, Orkut, and several others) and a bunch of my colleagues and bosses, current and former, are urging me to join FaceBook but I've resisted! I just can't shake the image of it as, well, a freshman facebook. Shivers.

and it's tough keeping all my profiles updated! people can find me easily enough through my blog (I think). I'd rather spend more time on niche networking sites where my friends hang out (ravelry for knitting, for instance, and any number of mom sites like Work It Mom and The Motherhood) than on big free-for-alls where I'll end up getting too many annoying friend requests. Yahoo! 360 is the latest... seriously, I can't. create. another. profile! hehe

Sarah,

I have no idea what you're talking about...I must be way out of touch or maybe you are speaking some kind of geek-bonics?

No...I am way of touch...sigh.

- Tony


I really enjoy Facebook as a networking tool, versus MySpace. I have reconnected with so many old friends, it's been great.

I also have a LiveJournal, which many of my friends and family read.

I have a myspace because that's where my old friends are for the most part. I don't really keep up the space much, just send messages to old friends and the like. Works for me. I haven't tried FaceBook, but I don't think I need another distraction.

I banned MySpace from my life when I got a horrendous virus from a former boss' page that ate up my life for two weeks.

Facebook is kinda fun, if you're looking for a time suck. I've got a page just to have one as I'm a web professional.

I like Twitter for the novelty. It's fascinating to see the minutae of people's lives. (Sarah, I'm now following you.)

Maya's Mom is interesting if you get in with a good group. I met the founder and some moderators at BlogHer and liked them. The members can be a little paranoid and prone to drama, I'm afraid. But I've made good connections that have blossomed into friendships off the site.

I also met the founders of The Motherhood at BlogHer, but I keep forgetting about that site! They seem to be off to a great start and I believe in their vision.

And don't forget sk*rt (www.sk-rt.com) It's Digg for chicks! Again, something of a time suck, but you can also find interesting information there.

I've been on Livejournal for years with a group of mamas who I've known since I was pregnant the first time, 6 years ago. We started on Hipmamas, which morphed into another mamas board, from which we started our own private group msg board called Synchro Mamas, and are now mostly on LJ, friends-only.
Here's a little article by one of the women about the experience - http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/27/media.php
Its been amazing to be in touch with these women through babies, life changes, divorces and losses and everything. We've saved each other's sanity many times!

Now, besides LJ I'm also on facebook but am a little old - its hard to find my friends on there, but people ten years younger than I am have a million!

I've glanced at myspace and felt totally assaulted by it. It seems very cluttered and not visually appealing. It freaks me out.

In general I'm not a fan of putting myself out there for anyone to read about or look at online. My profile on facebook is mostly to get in touch with old friends and I have family on there who are scattered around the world, to say hi, etc. Not much more personal than that.

I have to say I find all this kind of thing both incomprehensible (although I understand some find it necessary for business purposes) and unappealing. I already keep up with the friends I have via email and I like it that way. I don't need anything else internet-related to suck up my time. I don't see the point of putting up a whole lot of personal information about myself out there on the internet for everyone to see. The people who know me know all that, anyway.

Our band has a MySpace page, and that makes sense for us as a promotional/networking tool; it actually works pretty well for us when we want to get the message out about a gig, and to hear other bands. All of these things otherwise seem anywhere from mystifying to an awful lot of work. But I don't even have a blog, so what do I know?

The social networking sites scare me. The world wide web is way too big and I can't see the value added on a personal level.

I did, once upon a time, want to blog and keep a family journal, but that grew old and went away, especially as urbanMamas grew.

Peggy, I loved SynchoMamas and the article you linked above. It really speaks to the need for mamas to connect and how the internet is able to do that for them, on a very personal level.

I know folks have MySpace pages for work, restaurants/bars, the Sprokettes, their new graphic design consulting company. That makes sense. I fear the time-suck factor of all things online, though I admit to use mama blogs and my RSS feed as brain candy every now and then.

I still do want an easy way to keep in touch with family all around the globe, and I keep thinking a family blog would do it. Now, if I could only find the time....

I am a 35 year old mama with a myspace page. I love it. I have reconnected with people from my high school in New York and college in Ohio. It is also a great way for my husband to promote his band. I can't tell you how many people have come to their shows only having heard about them on myspace. It is a great way to network, make new friends, keep in touch with old ones. Yes, there are some bad people out there, but you can keep them away by making your page private. That way only people you give permission to can access your page. I know it isn't for everyone, but this mama loves it.

I'm barely on MySpace -- I don't see the value really, other than connecting to an old pal or two. I've been invited to Facebook but haven't bothered. I do like LinkedIn for the reasons Sarah mentioned above. (Hi Sarah, you're a third-degree contact!)

When I pointed a friend to the blog I'm doing for my 16-month-old, he replied: "Nice, but does he Twitter?" Now, I know he was just kidding, but I haven't gotten my head around what exactly Twitter IS just yet and sometimes I find all this web stuff just...exhausting.

I use facebook...it's fun! Not only is it a way to connect with others. But, I have my blog linked to my facebook account which is very cool! Plus, my husband and I send little notes to each other via facebook! So, I love facebook!

I work for the public defender and I can't tell you how many people get in trouble for what they post on their mySpace pages. It's almost ridiculous. I see it as a younger set venue (I'm 37), but a lot of older people are on it. Just signed up for FaceBook to check it out. Microsoft or Google might buy it, I heard on the news. Hope it's Google if it's up for sale.

Over the course of the past couple of months, I actually have joined Facebook. It is true what they say, and I've connected with LOTS of long-lost folks from yesteryear. It is great for that. There is potential for it to be a time-suck, but it can also be set up to email you with major changes, which minimizes the time-suck factor. I go to Facebook maybe once every other week, after the initial novelty wore off.

I have also since joined LinkedIn and found many professional connections, especially former colleagues with whom I've lost touch.

I am for one have tired some of the above services, but I am sort of tired of the online no people contact aspect of modern life.

I am trying somehting new on www.MySoulSupport.org, me and my friend are launching our very own support group for depression. I am hoping it will allow us to meet with others in our area to support each other

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