Times are a changing

Times are a changing

When I first arrived in the Caribbean for my business trip, about a month ago, I thought my cell phone automatically adjusted to the local time. However, as I started to answer emails on my Blackberry, I wasn’t so sure. I couldn’t quite decide if my phone displayed the local time, or my home town’s time. Since I had nowhere to go, until early the next day, I wasn’t too concerned.

Later in the evening, I was able to find a location where I could access the internet wirelessly. The computer I was using displayed a time, however, like earlier, I wasn’t sure what time it was. I couldn’t decide if it adjusted to local time, the same way that some web pages adjusted to the local language.

Like earlier, I wasn’t too concerned, but I was getting a little curious. I logged onto FaceBook and saw that my cousin was online. We started chatting. I was filling her in about where I was and what I was doing.

Coincidentally, she asked me what time was it where I was.

“I don’t know,” I quickly typed back. “It’s an hour later than New York, but I can’t figure out if any of my gadgets have the right time. What time is it there?”

She immediately replied with the time.

Now, I know Facebook has the power to reunite friends and family and allow people to easily stay in touch. Also, I know that people use Facebook to keep up on the latest pictures of those they care about. But, who would ever think that you could use Facebook to learn the time?

Have you ever used Facebook for something odd?

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