19. December 2009 07:02
I can still remember all the sights and sounds. It was Fall 2004 and I had just transferred to Florida State University for my sophomore year in college. All those interesting, unique smells of my dorm room, getting acquainted with the hall and my new surroundings. In early October, I was sitting at my desk and a friend came barging in and screamed "Are you on Facebook?!" I had no clue what she was talking about. She proceeded to hijack my computer and force me to register an account. I had always resisted getting an account on MySpace or any other social networks, thinking they were a waste of time.
I gave Facebook a shot, and after a day, I was hooked. I started receiving friend requests from long lost middle school friends and people I met around campus in my classes and at group meetings. It was amazing that everyone seemed to have an account and it was so easy to find anyone that I was looking for.
The great thing about Facebook is that people are who they say they are, plain and simple. It's a culture of being honest and accurate about yourself and your experiences, and a recent article helps prove this.
With this knowledge in hand, it makes perfect sense for students to use Facebook profiles as a resource in their roommate matching. Prior to RoomSync, students were doing this. The only problem was that students would check Facebook profiles of roommates only AFTER they had been assigned by administrators. And you know what that means, ring ring ring, lots of phone calls to offices with roommate complaints based upon Facebook profiles.
That is why we love the concept behind RoomSync so much here, because this is what the students really do want. They know where to find the best information to make a roommate decision, and that is on Facebook.