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A Greybeard's Apology

There was an article published on c|net today about how "icky" it is for old, married guys to friend young women on Facebook. While I'm not married, I'm probably old, and perhaps "icky", with respect to some of the people whose journals I comment in but have not friended me (nor vice versa). So here's an explanation, sort of.

Some of it is nostalgia – I like reading about people's experiences of places I went to school. Some of it is hopefully dispensing useful advice. Then there is the aspect of trying to learn/understand how to be a better problem solver/computer professional from those people who seem to "get it" more easily/straightforwardly than I did when I was a student. So pardon the occasional intrusion – I'm not a stalker; just someone who wants to share and learn.

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cellio
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Except if their posts make it clear, I don't know the ages of most of the people I read. It never occurred to me that it might matter. I guess dirty old women don't have the same rep to worry about. :-)
melike
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Hehe. I was a little sketched out at first, but after you commented on my journal a couple of times, I saw that you're not that creepy. (Another reason was that I rarely have friends-locked entries anyway, so people don't need me to add them back if they want to read my journal.) But then I figured it'd be cool to read what an MIT alum is up to.

By the way, you might want to friends-lock your entries about employment/intervies/etc. They do go looking for this kind of stuff, so it's better to be on the safe side.
gregbo
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I may expand upon this in a future post, but there are no direct links from my real name to this journal. While it's possible someone could follow an information chain from my real name and eventually wind up here, it's unlikely anyone would go to the trouble. The links from my real name go to a paper I co-authored while working at UCLA, participation in ICANN-related forums, and Usenet posts, for the most part.
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