Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Facebook!

At five years old, Facebook already has more friends than I do: 200 million "friends" to be exact. Then- Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg began the site in his dorm room in 2004. In other words, when I was in my junior year of college, watching Golden Girls marathons, Zuckerburg was beginning an international company that currently “promises to change how we communicate … [ by] linking peripatetic people across space and time”…at least according to this article in The New York Times. Even the Museum has jumped into the wonderful world of Facebook  The Museum’s page provides “Fans” with updates about exhibits, public programs, Young Friends events, and special offers.

The aforementioned article tells the story of Israeli woman Karen Haber, whose extended family was dispersed during the Holocaust. Facebook has provided an outlet for her to reconnect to cousins from Woodstock to Hong Kong. (We do hope Ms. Haber also used JewishGen ), which makes genealogical research easier with access to millions of records as well as an online community of fellow researchers.) “I’m using Facebook and trying to unite this family,” she says. We say: Good luck… and feel free to friend us.

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