A colleague of mine got engaged over the Christmas holidays and I found out the same way his cousins did – via a Facebook status change.
Hey, it’s the way news is spread. You update your status when you’re going for a job interview, you add some photos when you bring home a new puppy, you invite friends to a housewarming with an event invite when you buy a new home.
For those of us online every day, it’s a socially acceptable way of sharing things – for his family it wasn’t.
Some of them seemed genuinely disappointed that this was the way he chose to share the news and that they didn’t get a call personally.
The couple didn’t intend for the status to be the way they spread the news, they were just changing our profile status. Something we do almost daily.
So now that the cat is out of the bag, do old school engagement announcements need to be sent to settle down the cousins?
Says my friend, “How many different ways do you need to tell the people in your life that you’re getting married?”
In 2008, a Facebook status change will do.