Facebook

One of the most popular services, undoubtedly, is Facebook and everyone knows the story: college student steals idea, creates a exclusive atmosphere, then expands into one of the biggest networks available. For me, it is a personal networking tool that I use mostly for life logging purposes.

I was happy to see that Facebook provided the ability to change usernames, so I could retain all of the history I had been growing since I registered back in 2007. With all the flack they receive for privacy and security issues, it is extremely resourceful. Liking pages and brands, commenting and posting, and continuous of the service does make it extremely beneficial, at the cost of habit-forming and routine check-ins.

There have been numerous blogs on disconnecting from Facebook and enjoying real life, but no one can deny the effect it has had on communication and information sharing. By giving up your personal information, you are rewarded with content that relates to your interests. You will be able to pay more attention to your closest friends, communicate effectively with acquaintances, and share the moments you find most interesting with your network.

They’ve been given a bad rap, mostly based off of misinformation, but it is important to understand how to use it safely, by reviewing your settings and paying attention to changes in their policies. It took me a half hour to go through all of the security and privacy settings, but I’m glad I did, because I know a lot more about what it is capable of.

Likes

I also added a bunch of musicians, video games, movies, and television shows that I like to my profile. I’m already seeing news articles about my favorite bands, and humorous quotes from my favorite movies. I do feel it’s more interesting (and helpful) to get these right here instead of having to subscribe to tons of RSS feeds. And, since just about everyone is on it, you can be sure it can fully customized to your likings.

Dislikes

It has evolved so far that it’s almost scary. They have SO much information about everyone, that it could be put to bad use, like spying on innocents at the request of the National Security Agency. I almost wonder if it wasn’t invented for that purpose alone. They even have algorithms for automatically detecting who is in the photos that you upload.

Also, the constant urge to check in on notifications can be a bit overwhelming for people. So much so that it becomes potentially dangerous when that urge happens while driving a vehicle. But that’s not Facebook’s fault, and I don’t think there’s much that can be done about it other than to discipline yourself accordingly.

That said, it does very well what it is supposed to do and that is to provide you with information you want to see about the people and things you’re most interested in. As a professional tool, it can be valuable in expanding your network and connecting you to people who might have a mutual bond. It also lets you get your thoughts into the minds of many way more frequently that you could without it.

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