UPDATE: Youtube took down the video probably because the record company who owns the song threatened to sue. Here is a link to another site: http://mashtart.com/a-life-on-facebook/
This is an absolutely awesome video of how much Facebook is changing people’s lives. I was having a conversation with someone two days ago about how I believe it is fundamentally changing the way people interact with each other. I think it makes personal interactions less valuable because we always have access to what others are doing and it is so much easier to keep in touch. I think the generation below mine will grow up differently because of this unlimited access. For example, when I went to summer camp as a kid, whenever I saw people from camp after it was over, I would be thrilled because the only way to stay in touch was through the difficult mean of letters or a phone call (maybe AIM too). I never knew what was going on in their lives and was anxious to learn more about it. This interaction was very valuable. Same goes for when I went off to college and came back to see all my friends. I had no idea what they were up to and that made the first Thanksgiving back amazing. I think Facebook now makes those interactions less valuable and causes people to start communicating in short form (less long notes or letters). As shown by the video above, this transparency also causes breakups to potentially happen more often and be more difficult because you have more information. What you dont know may be better for your sake. It also makes it much easier to meet people, potentially making the act of meeting someone you like much less valuable. Its a very interesting video that shows how Facebook actually affects the offline world just as much as it does the online world by changing how people interact socially.