My Classmates Couldn't Reach Me, Because...

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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.

Why? 

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. man on telephone

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. 

 

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Toni Weidman
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It's amazing how everyone just assumes that if they do something so does everyone else. Part of the signs of the times, I guess.

Jun 13, 2015 12:04 AM #29
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Nina Hollander When I do go to my page and see that the same few people have posted or shared dozens of things, my thought is "Don't they have anything more useful to do?" I suppose it's no worse than staring at a TV all day, but it's sure not for me. 

Toni Weidman That's as silly as thinking we all like the same food or want to live in the same kind of house. 

Jun 13, 2015 12:48 AM #30
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Goodness.  Didn't they have the good sense to Google your name???

Jun 13, 2015 05:04 AM #31
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Lenn Harley I guess not. It's funny, because the classmate I spoke with seemed to know what I do for a living. 

Jun 13, 2015 05:19 AM #32
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Jun 13, 2015 01:11 PM #33
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Thanks Kathy Streib - I'm honored to be part of your post. 

Jun 13, 2015 02:52 PM #34
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Debbie Gartner
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Oh I know, this is crazy. I've missed messages on FB not realizing they were there.  I don't get why people wouldn't call or email if it was time sensitive or important.  Now, I have someone check them a couple of times a week.

Jun 13, 2015 10:49 PM #35
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Good morning Marte. I love this and agree. Back to basics. It's all good.

Jun 14, 2015 12:07 AM #36
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Marte,

I caught your post because Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I can't believe they didn't Google you!! I thought most people used that as the first tool in finding someone..what do I know!

Jun 14, 2015 12:11 AM #37
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Debbie Gartner I've even heard of people trying to submit offers on homes through Facebook. Do they really think their busy agent has time to hang out on Facebook all day? 

Sheila Anderson Basics would be good. 

Dorie Dillard Google is certainly my first choice when I'm trying to find someone. That doesn't work when a person has a popular/common name, but then finding them on Facebook doesn't work in that instance either.

Occasionally a client asks me to review his or her profile on Facebook without giving me the link. In the past I've wasted time trying - now I just write back and say "Sure, just send me the link."

Jun 14, 2015 01:12 AM #38
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Marte, I like to keep it simple, one phone #, on e-mail address. Sometimes those both go down, BUT they are with the same company, CenturyLink and they SUCK, so I guess keeping it simple doesn't always work, either! (My e-mail currently isn't working and neither do THEY on Sundays...so, here I am on AR, to take a breather and say hello to my friends.)

Jun 14, 2015 03:44 AM #39
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Sometimes my email refuses to work too - then I switch and use gmail, even though I don't much like it. It IS nice to have to use when I make an inquiry and know the result will be tons of junk mail. I go there every couple weeks for a delete party. 

As for the phones... they finally got around to replacing most of the 40 year old lines in our neighborhood, so it doesn't go down as often as it used to.

Once for a period of about 3 years, a section of the phone line was hung on a fence or in the ditch along the road. It needed patching when the snow was deep, so they did a temporary fix that wasn't so temporary.  Now and then some wild critter would stumble over it and break it. 

(But I still don't want to move into town!)

Jun 14, 2015 03:53 AM #40
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Kevin J. May
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I can't afford all those stamps and envelopes to send my 1,673 friends letters. Facebook is free Marte. Please know that I am being somewhat facetious. Next FB reunion is October 23rd by the way! Here via Kathy.

Jun 14, 2015 08:10 AM #41
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Cindy Edwards
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People really are addicted to Facebook.  What a shame.

Jun 14, 2015 10:09 AM #42
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Kevin J. May Email is pretty much free too - and so is Googling someone.

Cindy Edwards Yes, I think it is an addiction for some. Too bad, when there's life out there. 

Jun 14, 2015 11:59 AM #43
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Joanna Cohlan
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Bravo Marte! I too am not a facebook addict and if you are going to invite me, pick up the phone or send me a note - email or by snail mail - time for everyone to get a life!

Jun 14, 2015 10:14 PM #44
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Sharon Tara
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I am on facebook often enough but I don't like communicating through the facebook messaging because I refuse to add the app to my phone or my iPad so the only way I can read a facebook message is via my laptop. VERY inconvenient and frustrating to be away from home and be notified I have a message and not be able to view it until I get to my laptop.

Jun 15, 2015 12:35 AM #45
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Joanna Cohlan I agree. They said they didn't have my email address, but it's pretty easy to find - and we've been in the phone book for a long, long time. 

Sharon Tara If it was time-sensitive, hopefully the sender would just call you directly. 

Jun 15, 2015 12:41 AM #46
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Jeff Pearl
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There are so many sites where you can search for peoples addresses and phone #s, like zabasearch, whitepages, spokeo, linkedin, google, classmates, etc, etc. Maybe they need to find someone else to search for classmates. Facebook has 3 email choices, one is jsut for friends, the 2nd is the "Other" folder where many emails sit for years, and the 3rd is " Spam" folder.

Jun 16, 2015 06:36 AM #47
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Jeff Pearl This was just silly. This is a VERY small town - and my husband and I have lived here almost all of our lives. At least 2 of the people on that organizing committee have also been here forever and we do run into each other in the grocery store, at the bank, at the post office, etc. So... they knew I was in the phone book. 

Jun 16, 2015 08:12 AM #48
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