Poll: Have You Ever Used Facebook?

Last week’s poll asked if gays should be allowed to marry. The results did not surprise me with 79% answering No. Only 13% answered Yes. Two poll takers were blessed to not know what gays are. Bear in mind that a sizable percentage of my visitors are from Utah and would tend to vote No. For example, in the last 30 days, 15% of my U.S. readers were from Utah.

This week’s poll is straightforward enough — have you ever used Facebook?

Facebook is a social networking website that anyone over the age of 13 with a valid e-mail address can use. Facebook’s target audience is more for an adult demographic than a youth demographic. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college. The website’s name stems from the colloquial name of books given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

Update

2 Feb 2011 — Polls have been discontinued and the poll archives deleted (by the poll plugin when it was uninstalled).
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Missionary Reunion

Since starting my blog I set a goal to post once a day. That is a big goal for me. Naturally one wonders if anyone is reading the posts. The blog is aimed at documenting our family’s events so a poll of family members should give some indication of the level of readership. Not much activity there I found out but of course they already know about the events — they were in them.

I was happy to find out that my blog was helpful in some way this week. Follow this email narrative to see how it happened. I have changed the name of the person contacting me and the names of the people he was trying to find. Otherwise the account is verbatim.
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Rick,

Not sure if you can help me. I was searching on line for some people I had met during my mission years and years ago who I now believe are in the Richmond area — Spanish speaking ward. I ran across your blog with references to that ward. If by any chance you have any ties or knowledge of the people in that ward let me know.

Thanks, Tom
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Tom,

My son Paul who served a mission there asks what are their names?

Rick
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Rick,

The names would be Lance and Lucy Martinez. I don’t know Lance but do know Lucy although it’s been 25 years. They would be about 60 years old right now. I served a mission in 1981 in San Francisco and that’s where I met Lucy. She is from Costa Rica. At the time her family housed the missionaries. Subsequently she married Lance whom I have never met. I heard that they were in that area now and I am trying to make contact with them. My son is currently serving a mission in Costa Rica. Anyway, if your son has any contact with that ward I would appreciate his help in tracking them down. How long ago was your son in that area?

Thanks, Tom
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Tom,

He was there in 2004. He will be home later, I will ask him. I don’t think he has any contacts there but may remember a name from when he was on his mission. Any way let me ask him when he returns.

Rick
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Tom,

Paul seems to think that he knows them. He had to leave again but he will see if he can find their phone numbers when he gets back. Don’t get too hopeful in case he is mistaken.

Rick
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Rick,

I am already hopeful.

Thanks, Tom
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Tom,

Looks like I will be asleep before he gets home so I will have to try for tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.

Rick
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Rick,

No problem. I can wait another day.

Tom
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Tom,

Here is their address:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Here is a link in Google Maps:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Phone:  XXX-XXX-XXXX (we don’t know if the area code is correct).

Hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out.

Rick
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Rick,

Thanks. I was able to call Lucy and talk to her this evening.

Tom
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