Monday, May 17, 2010

I Promise I'll Quit after this Next Post

So, yeah, there's a whole lot of people on facebook. Just about everybody you know is on facebook. Betty White got a gig on Saturday Night Live due to the hype around a facebook campaign. So, yeah, the whole freakin' world is on facebook!

Well, now there's some facebook backlash going on. Is this a good thing that we're all kinda exposing ourselves out there, is this safe to be talking to all these people, was Betty White right - is this just a colossal waste of time? Here's the deal - it is what it is, gang! It's an internet based social network. Is it safe to be giving out information to total strangers? Hell no! Just like in real life, you should network with friends and friends of friends.

Do you think facebook is collecting information from all of us? Of course they are, folks! Do you think they are providing this network because they just want us all to be good friends? They want to make money and they can make money by selling information - your information. So, what it comes down to is if you want to play in the playground with your friends, you do have to give up something. But, you don't have to give away the store. Be smart with your personal information. Only put things on your page that your willing to have recorded in whatever database facebook designs.

Now, a lot of people think this has gone too far. Too much privacy has been taken away. So. now, a big push to quit facebook is on. May 31st is going to be "Quit facebook Day", kind of like an internet version of the National Smoke-Out Day. But, here's the kicker, there using facebook to get everyone on board for this thing. There's a Quit facebook Day page on facebook. You see, you have to be on facebook to become a fan of this page. A page that's telling you to get off facebook!

What happens, sometime later when people think facebook has become safer, how are they going to let everyone know if they all got off facebook. It's a strange new world!

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