As the boys kicked around a soccer ball, Christy and I realized how often we had missed the physical space around us as we engaged in social interaction through Facebook and Twitter. Pulling out a sketch pad, we planned out a project of going more personal, more physical and authentic with Facebook – a sort of Face to Facebook concept.
What began as a theoretical conversation turned more practical. For roughly forty days, everything we do on Facebook, we would do off-line. We sketched out a few ideas: taking physical photographs, playing games, doing a Suburban Farmville, wearing profile t-shirts in public, making birthday cupcakes, sending gifts, creating flair and a series of other ideas.
Each time we try a new aspect of living Facebook, I will reflect on it in writing. Later, Christy and I will create a video for the item and compare how people changed once we introduced the camera.
Our goal would be to compare our offline experiences with our online interactions, asking ourselves: How are we shaped by the medium? How do we change in our language? To what extent are we developing a perfectionist alter-ego? (One that doesn’t hawk loogies out of a car window or stammer when he’s nervous).
More importantly, we wanted to have fun and recover something tangible that had been lost in our social media vacuum.