The Web & Internet in general has changed the way we do things; the way we live. We don’t send letters, especially holiday cards, we just send emails. We don’t make quick phone calls, we tweet instead.
Recently, I gave into my lack of longing to start using Facebook. I had been using LinkedIn for professional reasons, and Twitter for both professional and personal reasons. Even then, Facebook seemed like a more professional “MySpace,” which I had absolutely no interest.
So about a month ago, I created my Facebook profile, and started looking for “friends.” Over a period of several weeks, I found several current and recent acquaintances, as well as a few long lost buddies (we’re talking grammar & high school chums).
When I think about my former classmates, I of course also think of Classmates.com, the website that allows you to reconnect and stay in touch with former classmates. My wife used to have a profile on Classmates, but that interest never transferred to me. I didn’t believe in paying someone for the ability to connect naturally, or at least that was the way I saw it.
I attended only one class reunion, my 10-year, back in 1989. My future wife escorted me to the event. It was more awkward than anything else. And I’ve had no interest in doing it again. Not because I have no interest in meeting people I interacted with on a daily basis, but because it’s not the right setting for me.
So now, on Facebook, I’ve connected to several key people from my past, my classmates. It’s great to see pictures, see how they’ve changed, and to see what’s happening with their lives. I can also use it to keep up with newer acquaintances, both professional & personal. I can also use it for business marketing purposes.
So what is the future for Classmates.com? As more & more people flock to Facebook, I see Classmates.com drifting out to sea over the next couple of years.
And what’s to become of class reunions? Well, for an older generation, it’ll probably be the primary form of catching up. But for the baby boomers and beyond, Facebook might just be the initial virtual hookup prior to face to face meetings. And in doing so, replace Classmates.com.