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The theology of Facebook, an online 'altar'
November 18th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

The theology of Facebook, an online 'altar'

Editors Note: Omar L. Gallaga is a technology contributor to NPR's All Tech Considered segment on "All Things Considered." He writes about technology for the Austin American-Statesman and for the newspaper's tech blog, Digital Savant.

By Omar L. Gallaga, Special to CNN

I grew up an Air Force brat who typically moved to a new place every three years. I switched schools, made friends, then had to write letters to stay in touch when I inevitably left. Except for a precious few, most of those friends went away forever, lost to memory, fading and eventually anonymous in aging photos.

But in the recurring dreams I had in my teenage years, they were all together. My friends from Oklahoma went to school with my classmates in Biloxi, Mississippi. My favorite teacher from my years in Germany got to see me grow up alongside my cousins from South Texas.

It wasn't until many years later, when Facebook shot past its first 100 million users, that I began to get that sensation again, the one most frequent users are now well familiar with. It's that sense of worlds colliding, of unlikely paths crossing; your work life, home life, past life and present all mashing together, commented upon and decorated with photos from here and from there, from then and in the now.

Facebook's enormous membership makes it a more likely spot than any other place on the English-language Web to connect with a multitude of family members, friends, former co-workers, old classmates and anyone else you haven't seen in the flesh for decades.

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  1. reply

    : )

    November 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Sum Dude

    I am so glad I never did the facebook thing, or any of those other "knotty" social networking fads. I try to not be that vain, and so avoid anything that might tempt me in that direction....other than being a troll, of course. 😛

    November 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • reply

      you sound like a boring old troll

      November 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @reply – heh. 😛

      November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
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