While the whole world has moved on from Facebook to twitter, there are some people who are still trying to get the hang of Facebook. Don't believe me? Read on!
I started using Facebook properly only in 2010. And by properly I mean stalking people, checking their 'exotic trip to the island' photos, trying to guess who her boyfriend was in the group photo, checking out her sari and makeup in her wedding photos (and bitching about it because I wasn't invited), secretly being jealous of all those who were vacationing in Greece and Swiss Alps and liking every damn thing in my path. Phew! Did I miss anything? No? Okay then!
Before all this, I only had an account, a dummy account. We had no access to internet in office and I worked close to 12 hours a day including weekends. We would spend hours in office making fun of "those people" who seemed to find it impossible to go about their day without sharing every second of their life on fb.. Updating their status messages every other second, posting photos everyday.. I thought I would never ever do that until i discovered it was only a lack of internet connection that was stopping me. So it was no surprise when I jumped onto the bandwagon with the rest of the guys.. it went on for a while.. was fun, entertaining, great way to catch up on gossip.. until.....
.... my parents ( read plural ) were on FB...
Initial shock led to some real good fun ( kidding!... about the shock part not the fun part )
Dad - What is this wall? What does wall mean? Hey is this your profile? Show me your friends list.. I want to see...what was that girl's name.. in school? That girl... who always got first rank..? Hey this guy is that guy.. he dint give those farewell photos.. that guy right?.. What was his name? Hey she looks the same! where is she now.. what is she doing?
Who is this boy? Why is he commenting on your pics? Who is this boy? And this? Why are there so many boys? (By now I am pulling my hair out)
Okay okay no more boy questions but what is this wall?
Thats my dad - A hundred questions, no patience to wait for answers, and Me- no patience to answer.
But he got the hang of it pretty quick, his list of friends is increasing day by day and threatning to take over my number! Apart from ocassionally worrying and questioning me about some weird status message that I put up, my dad is a very cool friend to have on my list. Much much better than my mom.
Ok here we go. Mom. On facebook. BIG mistake.
1. She forgets the id with which she should login. Reason being she has so many accounts. (one yahoo + one gmail = too many to remember)
2. The moment she logs in, she'll call me, and the doubts begin.
"Ok last time. now tell me.... how do I go to my wall?"
"Is this my wall or your wall?"
"If I am on my wall, why am I seeing your updates?"
"But I see your updates on your wall also!"
"How do i post on your wall? (grinning) I used the right word na.. posting na.. correct?"
Just break the damn wall already!
(shouting from the hall.. and am in my room)
mom - ok after commenting, what am I supposed to do?
me - (confused irritated expression) what do you mean? log off, browse, do whatever you want!
mom - I want to see the comment I put...
me - (grumble and get up) you are supposed to click on 'post comment'.. only then it will be posted na.. obvious na...
mom - ok where is it.. I cant see...
me - Mommmmm!!! scroll down!!!!
mom - ok ok dont shout.. ok done.. thats all..?
Trust me. She enjoys me screaming at her.
3. She has 11 friends. That includes all our family.
4. She wants to learn to upload pictures.. it takes me 2 days to teach her after which she promptly forgets. And calls me when am on the way to a movie with doubts. I come home and end up selecting and uploading all the pics. ( Though I crib, we spend many happy hours wasting time together *grin* )
5. And as if to prove my point, she just called me and said "Hey it seems Uma aunty commented on some photos.. check and tell me.. and reply to them.. bye"
So they are on Facebook. They are all over my blog. And now my mom wants to learn twitter. God save me!