- Don't Cop My Dress!--My 17 year old daughter's junior prom is about a month away. Last night I discovered that Facebook now plays a major role in prom planning. Apparently the girls at my daughter's school have a Facebook Group--"Don't Cop My Dress." Girls upload photos of their dresses to ensure that there are no copycat dresses on prom night. Judging from our review of the photos, it's also an opportunity to comment on the poor taste of classmates. Regardless, it's certainly an impetus to find that prom gown early. I sense that things could get ugly if you show up in the same dress.
- Facebook For Parents--The aforementioned daughter was caught this weekend drinking at a friend's house. As my ex and I discussed how to handle the situation, he mentioned that we should start a parent's Facebook group so we could share whether or not we were going to be home during the evening, let people know if we'd heard a party was going on, etc. I have to admit that there's something kind of fun about the idea of using the same tool the kids use to arrange for a party to actually stop it.
Of course, this might also be one of those cases where Twitter would be a better option. I'm picturing sitting at dinner and getting a Tweet from my neighbor informing me that a keg has just arrived at my house.
- "The Facebook"--My 21-year old is taking a new media course at NYU. For this week's assignment, she's looking at generational differences in social media use for which she had to create a video. It's quite amusing to see her perspective on how Boomers and X-ers use social networking. Apparently Boomers see "The Facebook" as something to monitor to protect their offspring while X-ers are finding old classmates and sharing Soundgarden tracks. Let me go on record right now as never meeting a Soundgarden song I liked.