I've now joined Facebook.
I have created a Facebook profile for myself. I have to admit, it's not entirely clear to me what Facebook is for, but it seems to be the next great thing (since whatever the last great thing was), so I'm giving it a try. It supposedly is (or is becoming) a platform for social networking applications, which sounds interesting, but I don't know what that really means.
The best use I can think of for this stuff is helping me connect to my IBM co-workers and to customers I've worked with or at least who are interested in what I have to say. Then again, isn't that what this blog is for? But this blog is very one-way; maybe social networking will be more two-way. Which would be good, except I don't need to get pinged every time someone I know (or at least who knows me) does something that may (or may not) be vaguely interesting to somebody; I already get more status updates like this than I can grok, thanks. And really, IBM already has an internal directory of employees, so I'd rather extend that with descriptive symbolic links to my co-workers than go do that separately outside IBM's site. But non-IBMers can participate on Facebook, so maybe I need Facebook network that extends into IBM for my co-workers but outside for non-co-workers. Hmm.
Anyway, if you're in Facebook and you'd like to add me as a friend, please do so. Then we can see what all of this is good for.