Facebook has been in my face quite a bit lately.
Yes, I’m a member, along with more than 175 million others who have created a profile and use the social networking site. I’m on the site — or the mobile version of the site — daily, even if I’m only checking the status of my friends.
I’d describe myself as a casual user, having posted just a handful of photos, updated my status just a few times a week and declined more invitations to join groups than I’ve accepted. Several of my Facebook friends share far more details of their lives than I ever would. Maybe, just maybe, I think they’re spending more time on Facebook — and their computers — than is healthy.
Visit the blog (http://tinyurl.com/2fbqcj) for more details of the controversy.
The site clarified its position by giving simple answers to users’ concerns. They include, and I quote:
• You own your information. Facebook does not. This includes your photos and all other content.
• Facebook doesn’t claim rights to any of your photos or other content. We need a license in order to help you share information with your friends, but we don’t claim to own your information.
• We won’t use the information you share on Facebook for anything you haven’t asked us to. We realize our current terms are too broad here and they make it seem like we might share information in ways you don’t want, but this isn’t what we’re doing.
• We will not share your information with anyone if you deactivate your account. If you’ve already sent a friend a message, they’ll still have that message. However, when you deactivate your account, all of your photos and other content are removed.
• We apologize for the confusion around these issues. We never intended to claim ownership over people’s content even though that’s what it seems like to many people. This was a mistake and we apologize for the confusion.
Now, I need to carve out time to compose my "25 Random Things" list. I’ve had five requests from Facebook friends to share this info. Does that mean I need to do a list of 125 things about me?
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Why Facebook is for Old Fogies
This must-read story in a recent Time magazine hits the nail on the head. It’s a top-10 list explaining why baby boomers have flocked to Facebook.
"10. We’re not cool, and we don’t care.
"There was a time when it was cool to be on Facebook. That time has passed. Facebook now has 150 million members, and its fastest-growing demographic is 30 and up. At this point, it’s way cooler not to be on Facebook. We’ve ruined it for good, just like we ruined Twilight and skateboarding. So git! And while you’re at it, you damn kids better get off our lawn too."