Facebook is important to me as it is to many millions around the world. I'm sure the little lower-case 'f' is not so little now as it is listed on the stock-market. It was a start for me down the social media path, some might say spiral. It is a way to connect with others, to present or show a side of yourself that others may not see in any public arena. Mostly this is visible only to ‘friends’, family, colleagues, associates, acquaintances even. Although a picture or comment saved could end up anywhere so you have to be careful. Communication and sharing information is relatively easy with this platform/springboard but so
is lurking, stalking, bullying and harassment.
is quite amazing what people post about their lives, likes, interests and dramas of course. There are all sorts of interesting
and sometimes disturbing stuff posted by users of this site. Posts including food, pets, tv shows, politics and religion are quite
common. Some of these get a lot of comments, usually I find the sillier ones get more reaction, some quite serious ones
get not much attention at all. Perhaps the silence should be deafening when it comes to some serious issues exposed on sites like
this. My partner and I share a profile, yes we are one of those couples who like to present a somewhat united front and from this profile we admin a couple of ‘Pages’.
The story goes that Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg and others as a way to connect people at college, it soon
went worldwide on the web with millions of users. Of course, a lot of businesses use it to varying degrees and so do those with
not so pure intentions. Generally, my experience with it has been fairly positive. If you see something that may be offensive or illegal there is a facility to report however Facebook says it has Community Standards. If you’re a member of the community and you have standards shouldn’t that mean something??
Apparently they don’t operate that way but on their own standards. Seems like any form of sexual content is quickly removed yet other abusive or illegal material is okay. Of course, there is facility to block individual users and I guess that’s their fall-back line, just block it if you don’t like it.
So, talking trash is fine and images of illegal activity is also acceptable but please no nudity. I’m not saying that Facebook should be open to explicit material but why is it that just this category gets removed? I have heard of Facebook pages that espouse certain views that do get shut down so there is some policing of material. I guess it’s a case of buyer beware or in this case user beware.
The site has undergone many facelifts and adjustments since I first started using it. It is easy
to use on a range of devices and is great for staying in touch with people around the globe. You can be informed about politics
or just entertained by animal videos, whatever path you take you can generally find stuff of interest. I think of Facebook as
something akin to the ‘Big Brother’ of reality television, in that it is the one that started that phenomenon. Facebook
continues to be a big player in the social media universe. There are other similar products such as Google Plus and MySpace but
for me Facebook is the one I keep going to on a daily basis.
Stay tuned for the next instalment as I do more than tweet about Twitter...