Everybody seems to notice and watch your Relationship Status on Facebook. Your updates may come and go, pictures may be posted, or other weird things may fall into the feed on your wall, and it goes right past your friends. But everybody notices changes in your Relationship Status.
One year ago, I changed my status from unstated to "Single", and got an outpouring of concern that I was "now" single. Of course, I had been for a long time, but just didn't throw it "out there" on Facebook. I do have to confess that doing so may have changed my outlook on life. "I'm now telling people explicitly that I'm single" -- that does indicate a change in mindset, really.
This New Year's Day, I got to change my status to "Engaged". What a difference a year makes! If you had asked me where I thought I would be in a year... this certainly would not have been on the list! But it is, and I am incredibly happy about it (obviously, duh). It has been just eight hours since I made that change, and there are already lots of comments from my friends! (mostly of the "congrats" form)
People wake up from a long night of New Year's Eve partying, and check Facebook. It's a crazy world we live in, but I think it is also a great way to "get the word out" and let your friends know that your life has changed.
Thank you everybody for the warm wishes so far, and thanks in advance for the wishes not yet said.