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JONAL ENTRY 1228 | May 26 2012

My reflections three days ago on my use and nonuse of some websites that are often in the news brought three email responses, including this one:

I enjoyed reading your post on Web Behavior. I have become so embroiled with Facebook, mostly because of my kids and grandkids posting so much there. I can see prom photos and current history with my kids, who do not live very near us.

I have to agree, though, that Facebook is "unjust, unrighteousness, unholy, an enemy of personal peace." I have been able to contact long-lost cousins through Facebook, but do not think I would be interested in them at all were they not related. Also, ex-neighbors post and comment evil and unwanted comments on anything that I put on my Facebook.

I do sell things on Craigs List, but have to admit that I worry about people coming to my door, and even going to other people's homes. Amazon is another place that I get books, but I do worry about using PayPal. Recently, I got three books by a former [home town newspaper] journalist . . . these books contained [my home town] history, and one of them had photos. But it seems as if it is easy to spread ones' self out too thin, by getting involved with all these things.

l have also found and in some cases have been found by some long-lost relatives through Facebook and search engines, and have to agree that some of the results have been mixed, and I, like you, have experienced some "abuse" through my Facebook page. But on the whole, I value more than I can say the improvement in all kinds of research through the web. And Facebook would seem to be great for following the lives of busy children and grand-children.

In mentioning well-known services I have never used, I failed to cite one of the most often mentioned, Twitter. The idea of following anyone's movements that way strikes me as bizarre and I have not even looked up the Twitter home page, if it has one. I have used a Twitterlike aspect to Facebook once, however. My smart phone has a widget that displays selected parts of my Facebook page, and it includes a line to enter "what's on your mind." On Pascha (Orthodox Easter) I noticed that and decided I had to share my Pascha joy by entering "Christ is risen; blessed Pascha." And I have wondered if using Twitter to alert readers of these blogs might be worth trying, but that's as far as I've gone. Any opinions from blogland?

Another email response mentioned that writer's antipathy to texting. I was never the least bit interested in texting when I had an old-style "clamshell" cell phone, on which texting required going through the alphabet repeatedly to find each letter. But my smart phone has a full keyboard, and also its ability to turn my speech into typing is very good, so I have adapted texting. It's the least intrusive and most efficient means of communicating with my grown children. It's as nonintrusive as an email, though the phone gives a small chime when an incoming text arrives, so the recipient is more likely to see it now rather than later but can ignore it (unlike a normal call) if occupied by something important. And unlike voice phone calls, texts are not charged against my phone bill (though various contracts vary on this, so check your own contract).

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