Finding old friends …

I’m tempted to give up on Facebook in some instances.

Over the years, I have lost contact with people I know. Sometime it’s because one of us moved house or job. Sometimes just drifting apart. None of my friends and colleagues from my first and second job are still in contact. These are people that I’ve probably not seen for twenty-five years and more, so it’s little wonder that I’ve lost contact. With todays connected world, it is some easier to stay in contact with people.

Now this is where my issue with Facebook comes in. I suddenly think, “… it would be nice to get back in touch with so and so again …” and of course I naturally assume that they will be on Facebook. So the search begins. Male friends are easier to look for as they tend, for the most part to keep their surname. You type the name you remember in the search box and hit enter. You decide to look at all the listed names, not just the ‘top ones’ that Facebook deems useful. You scroll down the list looking for anything familiar without much luck.

Then, you spot someone! They look about the right age and given the length of passing time, they look like you would expect them to look. You click on their name and wait with fingers crossed.Is it the right person? You check out what personal details they have shared, and it’s beginning to look like you have struck gold! A quick look down the photos and you begin to get more and more convinced that this is the right person. After all these years. I’ll send them a message.

“Hello! Did you used to work at {blah bah} back in the early 1970’s?”

You now sit back and wait for them to reply. Might take a day or two, but your hopes are high. A week goes by and nothing. I’ll check their profile again. It is then that you realise, that the last post they have made was back in 2009! They’re no longer using Facebook. Now you begin to wonder if you have got the wrong person after all. Then finally it starts to creep into your head, that this person may no longer be alive! That is the thought that suddenly deflates you.

This has happened to me on three occasions now and whilst (am I the only one that still uses that word?) I don’t get depressed about it, I do end up feeling a little down. I resolve to check out the posts before waltz off trying to contact them. Maybe next time!

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4 thoughts on “Finding old friends …

  1. What a depressing thought, but you could be right. In 50 years there will probably be a glut of FB pages that sit like tombstones in a cemetery. I never thought about what happens to all those FB pages until this post. You are so right about trying to find females, though. I am friends with just one friend from high school, and I am amazed that I found her. Thanks for writing this. Great article. 🙂

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    1. What’s significant though is, that as early 25 years ago, most people we knew lived just around the corner or maybe even a short bus journey away. Now the majority of people I’m in contact with are spread all over the world. In a way the internet/us probably have created or exasperated the issue. Thanks for your comments, and have a great weekend.

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    2. Yeah, it’s not the first thing a surviving partner would think of … ” must delete his/her Facecrap account…”. Same goes for Twitter, and I suppose all those other social media accounts we have.

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