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Connections and communities

Written by Peter Johnston on .

I finally succumbed today to Facebook... If you have never heard of it, it is an online community where you can keep up-to-date with your friends and family wherever they are in the world. It is one of the products of what is called Web 2.0, the next phase of the internet's development which has been taking off over the last couple of years in developing new online communities.

Truly it is amazing. Within a few minutes I had found folks I haven't spoken to in years both from the UK and in the USA. Once you have your own place on facebook and start to add friends (I have been told there is a fine line here between having very few friends and looking pretty sad and having way too many friends and looking even sadder!) then facebook starts to suggest other people you may want to make your friends from the networks of your current friends and from knowing which school you went to and so on. It is very impressive and immediately started suggesting people that I do indeed know. 

It reminded me of the old six degrees of separation idea that everyone in the world is only six connections away from anyone else. Undoubtedly facebook will help to make that happen even quicker.

I am feeling very virtuous as it is Monday and Sunday's service is already planned and emailed off to the office for drafting into the order of service. The reason is that I am away at a conference tomorrow and Wednesday in Crieff - at the Hydro no less, so think of me as I am slumming it...

The conference is all about the Regional Church and is being hosted by the Panel on Review and Reform. I am going as a representative from presbytery. I'm not sure exactly what to expect but will find out soon enough.