Here are a few ways I've used Facebook to help myself or others in the real world.
- In my status update, I have made open requests to borrow items, like the cup here, which I requested to hold the blueberry punch recipe I created. And I've been meaning to put out another request soon for a crochet hook--hopefully today!
- When I have needed to find childcare, I have tagged local friends in notes. So far my efforts have met with success each time, even when I made a last-minute plea (which is not unusual for me).
- I have invited friends to join me in an activity. Most recently, I welcomed others to join me in a daily singing experiment. It was fascinating to see who responded, near and far (mostly far).
Perhaps these will inspire you to try your hand at using social networking to build true 3-D community. Way back in 2008, I mentioned some tips I came across for Christians using Facebook, and the above examples are ways I've tried to put that advice into action. Happy facebooking, everyone!
You can find this and many other links to helpful ideas at Works for Me Wednesday.