DOPPLR · Shorter DOPPLR: reduce the chances of eating room service when you’re on the road. Has to be a good thing. Doesn’t take much time. I used up my invites in about three minutes.
Facebook · Unimaginably huge; the Vancouver, BC network has 279,189 members as I write this (the metro area population is around 2.2 million).
There’s nothing terribly innovative, it’s private blogging and conversations for your friends & family, without the ugliness or teenage whine of MySpace. Judging by my own network, I’d say that quite a few people spend altogether too much time updating their Facebook. Me, I spend altogether too much time blogging, but that’s different, you see.
I guess the thing that stands out is that it all pretty well Just Works, gets the job done, is easy on the eye, and runs fast.
Surprising Story · A woman from another country, a country I visit now and then, friended me. I didn’t recognize her but thought maybe I’d seen some of her other friends’ faces. So we had a conversation, like so:
Me: Um, have we met?
Her: Well maybe. I am the daughter of [name omitted] and my biological father who I haven't met is called Tim Bray.
All I know of him is that he was born in [place omitted] we think. He should be about 50 years old by now and I would very much like to meet him.
I have been trying to find him for years, is it you?
Me: [Places and dates omitted.] Discovering an unexpected daughter would be a pleasant surprise, but it doesn't look like it. (I have a daughter of my own, about to turn one year old).
So if you’re another of the Tim Brays out there and think you might have an unsuspected thirty-something daughter, drop me a line.