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Old friends now just a click away

  THIS past week I was contacted by a number of old friends. Friends that I have not heard from in about 20 years. Old school friends.

As you can imagine I was incredibly excited to once again talk to them and hear about what they have been up to in the past 20 years. Many of them have tied the knot and have kids that are about to leave school. To think that the last time I spoke to them they were in school with me.

The only reason I mention it is because just a few minutes ago a colleague of mine told me that he was so excited, because he had just made contact with an old school friend of his and they were going to have a quick drink after work.

I then realised that even though people are so quick to show all the negative things that can be associated with Facebook, we tend to take the power of Facebook to connect old friends for granted.

The only way in which you could connect with old friends before Facebook was to meet at your high school reunion or phone people who would maybe know where to find your friends and then you could phone them. It must have been a daunting task

Now it is easy. Just sign up for Facebook. Type in all the information you are willing to share and try to find one or two of your old friends.

As soon as you find one or two you will start to find more of them. This is not age specific.

I know of many 65-year-olds who are now connecting with old school friends on Facebook.

Plan that reunion. If you know a few of your old school friends and you can find them on Facebook, chances are good that you will find most of them.
.  Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za.