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Jakarta Post

Personal Technology: Facebook and the changing art of parties

  • Jeremy Wagstaff

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 3 2008   /  10:25 am

What happens if you throw a Facebook party and nobody comes? I like Facebook. I know some other people don't, but I do. It connects me to people I otherwise would have lost touch with. It replaces the obligatory Christmas/holiday card that maintained connections in days of yore. It anchors new connections that otherwise might have drifted off on the tide. And it takes a lot of the hassle out of organizing parties. Just create an event, choose the people you want to come and hit send. Invitees are then able to either ignore the invitation, say they're not coming, say they are coming or say they're maybe coming. The problem is that by arranging our social world digitally, we've also created a raft of new social niceties. I've been arranging parties on Facebook for some time now and I've noticed some distinct trends. The first party I had to invite maybe three...