Facebook has transformed the way I communicate and network with friends.
Instead of calling my friend on her cell phone, I post on her Facebook wall. Instead of seeing what my friend is up to – I check his Facebook status. Sometimes I even cringe at the Facebook drama [and yes internet lingo]:
“At this point its [sic] sad to think some people use facebook as a weapon, and defriend and even threaten others on their wall [sic] you guys belong on myspace.” –Facebook friend’s note
Facebook will celebrate its sixth birthday next month. It is the second most widely used internet website, after Google. It boasts over 350 million active users. (Source: Facebook)
In its January 30th issue, The Economist devotes a 9-page special report to social networking. It attributes Facebook’s popularity to the “network effect,” which essentially means: the audience of a social network will initially grow slowly – then explode exponentially at a certain threshold.
Personally, I find Facebook to be an excellent networking tool. Through Facebook I keep in touch with hundreds of contacts, some of whom I met in Junior High School and, without Facebook, would never have connected. However, I’m not a fan of sharing personal information. My Facebook info is blank – I only share my school networks and AIM screen name.
I don’t think it is necessary to advertise my political and religious views.