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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Story pick: A mother's Facebook story

By Annys Shin


Facebook brings us together. Facebook ruins relationships. Facebook fosters bullying. Facebook is a fun distraction.

All these statements are true. And it may seem that at this point in our somewhat tortured relationship with the social network site that there are hardly any stories left to tell about how it has impacted our lives. But it continues to affect us in ways we never anticipated.

In Friday's Washington Post, staff writer Ian Shapira has reported, written, and assembled the story of one woman, Shana Greatman Swers. Or rather, he lets her, her husband, her mother, and her friends tell the story of the birth of her son and its heartwrenching aftermath.

What makes reading the posts so powerful is that it feels so mundane, as if you are reading the status updates of your own friend or acquaintance. You find yourself eavesdropping on the banal sort of joy that Facebook was designed to spread -- the birth of a child -- and watch as it morphs into something else entirely.

I usually like to run excerpts, but in this case, I don't want to take away from the cumulative effect of reading the Facebook posts in chronological order. So you can read them for yourself here.

By Annys Shin  | December 10, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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