"[I] hate to admit I was skeptical of Facebook. I was always ignoring requests to join. When I finally gave in, I realized Facebook was perfect for someone like me. I get a chance to connect with family and friends in my hometown of Memphis. When I can't make it to weddings, graduations or birthdays, I can check out photos of these events on relatives' pages. Since I moved from Memphis 25 years ago, I have relocated at least seven times. Thanks to Facebook, I can keep my promise of keeping in touch with friends I've made along the way."
--Renee Burose Squires
"It's been so great to use Facebook to reconnect with long-lost friends, but I regret how many of us find out about life events from friends and family on this site. I miss the days when we'd get an actual phone call from a niece or cousin, to announce a wedding, pregnancy, etc. It has become a convenient, yet impersonal way to connect."
"Facebook has been a great connection source for me. I have been reunited with friends from my childhood and high school. Since many of us have relocated, we lost contact with each other. Through Facebook we have arranged reunions and rekindled our friendships." --Rev. Sheilah Easterling-Smith
"It's been a great way to connect and [to] stay in touch."--Diana Claussen
"I love it! [I] made awesome business connections on Facebook, expanded my audience, and had fun doing so ... all at zero cost."--Derrel Todd
"It has allowed me to reconnect to so many people from college, high school and even elementary [school]. From that respect it has been invaluable."--Cris Stovall
"Facebook has certainly meant connecting with old friends, but for me the impact has been being able to find out important, and not so important events that help me be more compassionate [to] what others are going through each day. Maybe I need to actually reach out and help someone in need. Also, in a strange way, Facebook has enabled me to memorialize people who have passed on by posting to their page when I am thinking about them." Shelley
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About the Author:
Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.