How Facebook keeps us in touch with friends and former colleagues

One of the reasons I enjoy Facebook is to keep in touch with friends and former colleagues.

From the Union, I visit with Robyn, Angela and Carol, among others. We share our photos and experiences, talking about our families and vacations. Sometimes we pick up the phone. We all are “happy campers” now — sometimes joking how we wound up working for a spell in western Nevada County CA at the small newspaper.

From what I can recall, just two people remain at The Union from our time there: Brian Hamilton and Liz Kellar. There’s been a lot of turnover. I wouldn’t recognize most of the faces there now.

From the Chronicle, I visit a Facebook page “memories,” where former staffers share their thoughts.  People share articles like this one. We joke about some of our old stomping grounds — from the M&M to John’s Grill.

Facebook is fun, because it ties a whole lifetime of experiences into one “timeline.”

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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