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I just launched a page Facebook - Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs. A page dedicated to this blog, separate from my personal profile. Facebook, I got a taste for it while traveling and between two trips. It's really useful to keep in touch with the people I met on the road.
Before, during and after the trip
As I explained in my post Travelling soloWhen you're away, you never stop meeting new people. And Facebook has become, for me, the privileged way to keep in touch with these new acquaintances, that I won't necessarily have the opportunity to see again "in real life", anytime soon.
What I like is that the link via FB is not too invasive. Without having to send an e-mail, we can just go and have a look at each other's profiles, to see what people are up to. We take and give news (or not) without imposing ourselves. You can address yourself to someone in particular or to everyone.
It's a way to extend the trip too, or to travel by proxy, through the news, links, photos, conversations, that others post on their "wall" (or "bulletin board" to use the term from the Canadian French version of Facebook that I use).
During my travels, the list of my FB friends grouped under the label "Travelers and divers" has not stopped growing. I love to go back to see them virtually, some of them give me information about destinations where I plan to go, help me to prepare the next trip...
And then when I'm traveling, FB allows me to keep in touch with loved ones and friends who are far away. To share with them, in almost direct, my impressions.
In short, I think I have a rather classical use of it. I don't use at all the small FB applications oriented "travel". Rather gadgets, not very useful, I think. I played a little bit with "Where I've Been" but it passed. I refer you to these links for the most popular apps:
" Applifacebook.com : 5 Facebook applications in the "travel" category [Fr]
" Voyageek.com: top 10 travel applications on Facebook [Fr]
" BudgetGlobeTrotting.com : Facebook Travel Applications Guide [in]
And now the blog page!
That's it, my page Facebook - Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs is thus created. All I have to do now is to make it live! I discover with amusement the terms chosen by FB to designate my new subscribers: "admirers", "followers", "fans"...
It's a bit of a cult, all the same... 😆
But don't let that stop you from becoming a fan! I'll regularly post additional information to the blog, links related to travel, Asia, diving. The "followers" who have a FB account will also be able to post their own links, photos and videos, to share their remarks, to report their good plans, and everything else...
The good thing is that even if you are not registered to the network (I know people who are not), you can consult it.
→ Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs on Facebook
And you, how do you use Facebook (or not) before, during and after the trip?