I wanted to offer a bit of clarity as to why I rejoined Facebook after deleting my account and walking away for what I believe was at least a year and a half, if not longer. I made that decision for a variety of reasons.
Regardless of the specific class I’m teaching, if I have to address the topic of segmentation, I include the same slide (or a slight variation of it) as a “conversation starter”—a full-screen image of a crowd of people that features what I think is a fairly straightforward question.
I can’t remember who exactly I was talking to a few weeks ago about this website–I had mentioned to this person that it (this site) had come up in a recent conversation I’d had at work, which was strange, given that for months if not longer there has been literally nothing posted here aside from an “About Me” page that I half-heartedly updated after installing WordPress on this domain for the umpteenth time. But I made the off-hand comment that I felt like we (as a community of internet users, as much as a relatively anonymous mass can be considered a “community”) had lost something since the earliest days of blogging–perhaps you recall when Blogger was new and novel, or WordPress was still delightfully buggy, or those who weren’t quite ready to host their own site could still dip their toes into the water by using LiveJournal.