Last December some of my high school classmates got together to plan a reunion for this summer. In February they started contacting everyone they could find to announce the date, the place, etc.
But they couldn't find my husband and me.
Because I'm not a Facebook addict. I go to my page perhaps every week or two and look at what people have posted. Sometimes I make a comment or share something interesting. Every now and then I send something to my page.
But... I didn't even know there was a page for private messages until I got yelled at this week.
As for my husband... he'd say "Why would I want to be on Facebook?"
The first message said that they couldn't find an email address for me, so please reply with my email address.
The next one gave some details about the reunion and asked me to let someone know if we planned to attend.
A month or so ago I got a call from a different classmate wondering if I was going to the reunion, but I was busy at the time and didn't call her back right away.
This week I finally heard about the when and where.
How? One of the organizers picked up the phone and called.
When I called back I got read the riot act for not responding to Facebook messages.
Had either of them Googled my name they'd have found pages and pages with my email address on them. But no, they just used Facebook.
Except... the classmate who called a month ago doesn't even own a computer, let alone a Facebook account. I guess when they couldn't find her on Facebook they knew they'd have to write a letter or make a phone call.
What's my message?
Just because someone has a page on Facebook doesn't mean they go there every day - or even every month. And, taking it one step farther, just because they have an email address doesn't mean they check their mail every day.
I have one friend who checks her email every week or two. And I personally have a gmail account that only gets checked every month or two. I go there long enough to delete everything, because I know it's all going to be junk mail.
Even if you're a Facebook addict... If you want to reach someone, pick up the phone! If you can't do that, write a letter and send it by postal mail.
Don't assume that others share the addiction.