Now my mom has started Facebooking

Facebook has clearly gone mainstream when my mom starts using it to IM me.

I don't know who did it, but someone taught my mom how to instant message people through Facebook. I have Facebook IM delivered through Adium, my open-source IM client for the Mac, and was surprised to have Vicky Asay (aka "Mom") blistering me with IMs about politics and family at 7:30 AM.

My mom ("mother," for the Northeasterners reading this :-) lives in Argentina and feels a bit disconnected from her family at times. No more.

My computer time will never be the same. Nor will Facebook. The fact that my mom has discovered how to use it to keep up with her kids tells me that it has gone very mainstream indeed.

Disclosure: Despite being an ardent conservative, I voted for Obama, too. So don't castigate me for my comment above. :-)

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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