September 09, 2009

Immigrants Use Facebook to Connect with Family –and Issues– Back Home

Note: The "Feet in 2 Worlds - Telling the Stories of Today's Immigrants" Blog is an excellent blog that those of us at Caudle Immigration highly recommend you read on a regular basis.
Immigrants Use Facebook to Connect with Family – and Issues - Back Home
By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W contributor

Darlene Garcia, a 56-year-old woman who has lived in Queens, NY for the last 18 years, remembers the days when communicating with her family in Guayaquil, Ecuador was an odyssey.

“I used to talk to my mother from a local pay phone once a week, and to my sister maybe once a month. They would keep me informed about the lives of my cousins, uncles, other family members, old neighbors and friends,” she told FI2W recently.

“Now everyone in Ecuador is on Facebook and we talk all the time.”

Facebook is helping immigrants get back in touch with less-immediate family members with whom it was virtually impossible to keep an ongoing relationship before the arrival of new technologies. About 70 percent of the social network’s 250 million active users are outside the U.S.

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