The Power of Facebook

I never really considered how remarkable Facebook actually was until I read The Facebook Effect. For me, it was always a way of life. When I was in high school, all of my friends got one, so I did too. After that, it was a way to talk to my friends when we weren’t together, plan events, and keep in touch with my friends overseas. That was most important to me. After my best friend, a girl from Denmark studying in America returned to Europe, Facebook was our only means of communication, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the website. But I still didn’t realize what an incredible impact Facebook was having on the world. I didn’t know that ten years earlier, mail was the only way that we could have stayed in contact.

David Kirkpatrick has given me the chance to truly appreciate the power of Facebook and has made me realize how it is changing the world. He tells us about “One Million Voices Against FARC” and various other movements. Facebook has influenced politics, overseas communication, self-expression, and social movements. At the end of the Prologue, he talks about how Facebook is the key to globalization, and I would have to agree. While governments are becoming more interactive through policy, business, and economy, the citizens of the countries are interacting on a more personal level through Facebook. My interests in traveling and foreign cultures have been fueled by Facebook. My friends from Denmark, Germany, Korea, and China share pieces of their culture with my and I return aspects of my own. We are helping globalization on the most personal levels, and eventually all of these small actions will help change how the world works and the people in it interact.

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