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How Facebook is Like a Photo Christmas Card Every Day of the Year

If you’re like me, at this time of year you are taking down the Christmas tree and putting away the decorations. You’re also looking at all the beautiful holiday cards you received from family and friends, and wondering what to do with them. I hate to throw them away! Some of them are so beautiful that I keep them for the following year and recycle them as gift tags. Isn’t that just so Martha Stewart-esque of me?

This was my family photo for our annual Christmas card photo, which always includes our yellow lab, Carrie. From left to right: my son Craig, me, my husband Jay, and my son Jamie.

This was my family photo for our annual Christmas card photo, which always includes our yellow lab, Carrie. From left to right: my son Craig, me, my husband Jay, and my son Jamie.

Looking at the photo cards is fun, but it’s a different experience for friends who are on Facebook and those who are not. For my friends who are on Facebook, I‘ve been seeing their family photos all year long. I’m staying up to date on their news and achievements, their wins and losses, their new babies and their retirement parties. Even if I’m not seeing them in person, I feel connected to them.

For the friends who are not on Facebook, seeing their annual holiday photo card is my once-a-year chance to catch up on their news, their kids and their pets. It’s a good thing and it makes me feel connected…but not quite as connected as I feel with my Facebook friends.

Facebook is just such a great way to stay connected all year long. It allows us to quickly and easily send a quick little message saying “Congratulations,” “Happy birthday,” “Way to go, “or just “Nice to hear from you!” Personally, it makes me feel good to know what my friends are up to, even if I’m not seeing them as often as I’d like to. Professionally, I am reminded of who’s out there doing interesting work, and who I might partner with on a project.

There are so many advantages to staying connected with personal and professional friends on Facebook. Of course, Facebook is no replacement for face-to-face networking and get-togethers. I always tell people that the ultimate goal of your social networking should be to get together with people, because that’s where the real magic happens in any relationship.

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