My View From The Country

Hello, Facebook Friend

Every day, twice a day, I now take the time to check out what is happening on Facebook.

Recently, I made the decision to become part of modern communication and join Facebook. I admit that I began my participation vehemently opposed to the whole concept. I had little desire to share the intimate details of my life with a broad group, and I believed that personal interaction was a far superior way to interact with others.

I also have to admit that I didn’t really understand the lure of Facebook. Even now, my understanding of how to use it is minimal. I’ve been hacked once, and I’ve managed to only post a couple of messages.

However, I’ve gotten to know some people in a far more meaningful way. And I’ve gotten reacquainted with old friends, and even a few distant family members who I simply failed to keep up with. I still believe that email and social media forms like Facebook can end up being a colossal waste of time, and I can see how it could detract from “real” interaction with family, friends, and customers, or simply from doing far more important things.

Reluctantly, I also have to admit that if done correctly, such social media participation has the potential to be not only a quick but an effective way to communicate with others. Plus, I’m amazed at how many older cattlemen are posting pictures, videos, etc.

I don’t know how to do those things as yet. To be truthful, I’ve been saving cool photos or sayings to use in presentations down the road. But while I’ve been hitting the “save photo” button, I still haven’t figured out where those saved items are being archived! Still, I can’t deny that every day, twice a day, I now take the time to check out what is happening on Facebook.

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As a fulltime rancher, opinion contribur Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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