I’ve done it, finally: I’ve joined Facebook. So friend me or whatever it is (shouldn’t it be “befriend”? Perhaps not, since we’re already, presumably, “friends”). Anyway, I took the plunge for two reasons:
1) I had three “friend requests” sitting in my e-mail in-box, and I’ll do just about anything to clean out my inbox. Go ahead, blackmail me.
2) A friend (and brilliant historian) suggested on his blog that Facebook was a good academic networking tool.
Okay, I’ll bite: how is Facebook good for academic network building, exactly? Right now, I’m just trying to avoid friend requests from high school classmates and avoid embarrassing photos. Am I supposed to be posting my latest book reviews? Or should I try to “friend” hot-shot academics? “Dear Professor Wilentz, will you be my friend?” (He’d probably decline the offer).
Bring me into the early 21st century, people.