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maura @ 8:27 am

It’s a curious thing, this quitting Facebook. Not that I was ever a heavy (or unconflicted) fb user, but I definitely miss it for all the reasons I thought I would: it was nice to have the opportunity to keep up with folks I don’t see often, and now I don’t get to see pictures of everyone’s kids. Lots of people are on Twitter, but not everyone. And of course there are those blasted private fb links that sometimes get sent around, the very existence of which presumes that the entire world is on fb (and why wouldn’t they be?).

Last Friday was my birthday so of course I also missed seeing those HBD messages come rolling in throughout the day. I moped about it a bit, though not too much since I was at a scholarly communications workshop all day, which was a fun + nerdy way to spend my birthday. I also had a moment of panic when I realized that there are lots of folks whose birthdays I don’t know but wish I did, and I’m annoyed that I outsourced that part of my brain to fb. I remembered to ask a few people when their birthdays are though I need to ask still more.

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7 comments on “thru the flowers”

Stephen Francoeur (6 June 2011 at 11:16 am)

First, happy belated birthday! Second, had those of us at that workshop realized that it was your birthday, we could have put candles in lunchtime cookie for you and embarassed the hell out of you with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” (performance permission be damned). Third, Lee Van Orsdel was an amazing firehouse of information, wasn’t she?

maura (6 June 2011 at 9:37 pm)

Thanks Stephen! I tend to be a bit shy about the singing so I kept it on the DL, though a couple of folks knew (would you believe that there are at least 5 [that I know of] June birthdays between City Tech and Brooklyn College librarians?).

Yes, Lee Van Orsdel was terrific. The whole day was great — I’ve already got a million ideas for Open Access Week this fall (#1: maybe saying “authors’ rights” will be more compelling than “open access”). It was nice to continue the trend of fun library things on my birthday that began with LibraryCamp a few years ago.

Stephen Francoeur (7 June 2011 at 2:37 pm)

Make that 6 CUNY librarians with June birthdays. Mine is at the end of the month.

maura (9 June 2011 at 9:55 pm)

Happy (early) Birthday, Stephen! Can’t believe there are so many of us June birthdays — we should throw ourselves a party one of these years.

Anne (25 June 2011 at 5:01 pm)

Facebook misses you! But to make up for it, I’m trying to Tweet more. Tweetmore. That sounds like the name of something. Tweetmore Shoes & Boots, Inc. Tweetmore Piano Tuners, LLC. Tweetmore Birds & Appliances.

maura (26 June 2011 at 10:26 pm)

I sometimes still miss FB, too. But it wouldn’t feel like I was Making A Point if I didn’t miss it, now would it?

You should definitely tweet more! I think Tweetmore Birds & Appliances is my favorite. Would you like a sparrow with your vacuum? Oriole blenders? Doves & toaster ovens? Mmmm, toasty doves…

Anne (27 June 2011 at 8:59 pm)

Eew! I was thinking more along the lines of birds who perform applicance-like tasks, ala Flintstones. “It’s a living!”

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