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Facebook High School Reunion -- Writer's Poke #123

For Writers:

It sounds silly to admit, but thanks to Facebook, I now have more friends from high school than I did when I was actually in high school.

I was a loner in high school, although that was purely accidental. My main problem was that I just didn't know how to be social.

My popularity probably peaked in 8th grade, and by Freshman year, I had started to close myself off. Once that happened, I never figured out a way to reconnect. My classmates had their own circles, and I was on the outside. Every once in a while I might find myself as part of the gang, but for the most part, I was an outsider.

Now years later, the class of 1991 is rediscovering itself through Facebook. Almost daily, it seems, someone from the past resurfaces. It's really rather surreal. One member of the class even admitted to feeling his former high school "angst" returning.

For me, it's not so much angst as it is a second chance.

How many close friends do you still have from high school? What has been your experience with Facebook, Myspace, or other social networks? Has the Internet helped you to reconnect in any meaningful ways?

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." -- William Faulkner

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  1. It's funny how it is. There was one person who found me on facebook and emailed me. In a few paragraphs, there was more interaction there than there was in the 4 years we were in high school together.

    I'm still not sure how I feel about it.

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  2. Bret,

    I have reconnected with several people. Some it is on a meaningful level... some it is purely to "see" how they are doing. Wow, that sounds voyueristic, huh? I didn't see you as a loner. Isn't it weird that we never really see ourselves as others do?

    A FaceSpace Friend

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