As social networks like Facebook and MySpace have become increasingly popular, more people are using them to search for and reconnect with past friends and classmates, while foregoing the traditional class reunions.
A recent article on Courant.com observed that often times an online reunion with a former friend or classmates is easier than travelling to meet a person or attend a class reunion.
The article discusses how Tina Lee Naro used the people search tools on Facebook to find and reconnected with an old high school friend after 10 years of being apart.
She has also used the social networking power of Facebook to keep up on interesting personal details of other people she graduated with. In fact, she has learned so much personal information on members of her graduating class that the intends to skip her 10 year reunion this fall.
Naro says that going to her high school reunion seems a lot less interesting now since she has learned so much on Facebook.
She noted “I already had all those reunion moments: ‘Really? You’re gay? You’re married? You joined the military?'”
Social networks like Facebook and MySpace are now taking a bite out of the traditional class reunion. Many separated graduates say it is easier and cheaper to exchange pictures and stories online than t make the trip home for a reunion.
One Facebook user, Chris Farmer of Vancouver, B.C., has even started a group on Facebook called “Facebook Has Eliminated the Need for a High School Reunion.”
When Farmer joined Facebook he found himself overwhelmed with messages from high school classmates, including unknown classmates he was sure he’d never spoken to before.
After Farmer sorted through all the personal details of his graduating class, he said “seeing people in real life seemed a little pointless.”
However, some people seem to be more motivated to attend class reunions in person after reconnecting with people online.
At Harvard, where the Facebook got its start, the class of 2003 is using Facebook to help plan their five-year reunion. The Harvard class of 2003 has 770 members on their Facebook reunion group ( about half of the graduating class ) and is using the social network as a marketing tool to get classmates interested in attending the class reunion in person.
Chalmer Harper, started a Facebook reunion group for his 10 year class reunion. Harper says Facebook helped him find the status of past classmates and friends, but he is looking forward for this fall’s reunion to reconnect with them in person.
Harper describes himself as a “person-to-person guy”. He says “It’s fun to find out this person moved here or does this now but for me, it’s still more important to see them and have a real conversation.”
Source: Online Reunions