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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Facebook is a very popular social networking site that is used by many people around the world. We use Facebook to communicate with our friends, family, and our jobs. Facebook allows you to create a profile which is used to tell people more about you. On your profile you can edit things such as your profile picture, gender, birth date, hometown, family, relationship status, political views, religion, activities, hobbies, interests, favorite music, favorite movies, favorite TV shows, favorite quotations, favorite books, about me information, contact details and education, work, and family members.
Facebook lets you connect with you family, friends and relatives, because of the popularity of the Facebook website; a lot of people are registering and becoming users. The website has become a common ground for people, which results to finding old friends, relatives, and family members. This makes it easier for you to interact with them. Another benefit of becoming a Facebook user is that you will be able to post almost anything on your wall. The wall of a particular user is there for all your friends and yourself to see. This is a page in your profile which gives you the latest news and posts from your other friends. A lot of people are taking advantage of this page to post some information and updates on their personal and professional lives. It can also be used to announce a reunion, an outing, and events of the like. Through this wall, you can also tell your friends how you feel, and they are free to react with you by posting a comment on your status, picture, video etc. Not only can you post written content, but you can also put some videos, pictures and music on your wall. Facebook is a great opportunity for businesses to make their products known, it is home to millions of users around the world, and is growing every day. All of these users will be the marketed any of these advertisements posted in the website which is why businesses are taking advantage of this opportunity. Facebook could greatly benefit these businesses by increasing their income through advertising.
If you use Facebook regularly, you know exactly how this site can be addictive, always updating your status, checking on others, bragging about yourself, or just mingling with strangers. Facebook puts a variety of powerful options on your fingertips and you are hooked; for hours every day. Many of us pay very little attention to the information we put online every day, some of it quite personal. Where you live, your contact information, what you do, where you go. You may be opening the doors for others to intrude on your life. Even with all the privacy settings, lots of so called ‘friends’ have access to your personal information, a lot more than you may want to. It is very common for everybody to have 100s of Facebook friends now days; it is a popularity statement after-all. Are the Facebook friends really your true friends? If you are adding everyone you meet in your school or workplace or online, chances are that you have many strangers in your friends’ list. Some of them may be there just to watch what you do, where you go. In real life, that would be considered stalking!
Many schools and jobs check on the prospective attendees’ Facebook accounts. After all, most of the schools and workplaces don’t want anyone to be wasting their productive time on Facebook. What you say or what you share on Facebook may come back to bite you. According to a study conducted by Careerbuilder.com, 22% of 31,000 employers surveyed said they search social networks to screen candidates. And one-third of those said they found information on sites like Facebook and MySpace that eliminated candidates from consideration. Have a look at the top areas of concern those employers found on social networking sites:
• Information about alcohol or drug use (41% of managers said this was a top concern)
• Inappropriate photos or information posted on a candidate’s page (40%)
• Poor communication skills (29%)
• Bad-mouthing of former employers or fellow employees (28%)
• Inaccurate qualifications (27%)
• Unprofessional screen names (22%)
• Notes showing links to criminal behavior (21%)
• Confidential information about past employers (19%) (December 26, 2008 “Can Facebook hurt your job prospects?” firedfornow.com)
We all know Facebook is a place to communicate with friends and family, to keep in touch with old classmates, and to play fun Facebook games; Farmville, Sims. When used in an appropriate way Facebook can be fun and interactive, but when misused (adding people you don’t know, putting up personal information, post suggestive statuses, videos, or pictures) Facebook can become negative or even dangerous. Causing people to lose jobs, or having personal information in the public, where unwanted people can see it. Think twice before posting statuses dissing your boss, or posting those pictures of your latest inebriated state showing you in a compromised state, isn’t such a good idea. Moral of the story is to be internet smart, and stay safe.

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