Facebook is quite a place …
Sometimes Facebook seems like your living room. It’s a comfortable place, filled with old friends, family, and co-workers, where you can lean back, relax, and share with those who know you best …
Other times Facebook is like an intimate coffee date, quick lunch, or even an easygoing and intimate dinner where you pour your heart out to someone near and dear…
All from the privacy of your own home:)
Except it ain’t …
Facebook is the town square of a very large village which includes millions of people from all over the world.
Facebook is 24 hours a day, every day of sophisticated surveillance and eavesdropping equipment with one purpose:
To know what you are doing and saying.
Facebook is not warm and intimate. We just perceive it that way.
Rather, Facebook is cold and open, where strangers who do not know you, agree with you, or care about you have access to whatever you choose to share.
Facebook lulls us into a false sense of community and privacy … while exposing us to a very large and very impersonal world.
Proceed with caution…
Quit thinking that some “secret” process or checking a few boxes on your online profile will change this reality.
Facebook is social media with all the possibilities for positive interactions and sharing and all the potential dangers and risks of exposing yourself.
… Or maybe I’m just tired of seeing people forget the above and then rant about the results or post breathless “announcements” about how to change their online presence into something other than .. well, than an online presence.
I use Facebook every single day, but I never forget that whatever I say or do is seen by untold numbers of people who I do not know. It makes a difference. If I say something online, I am prepared to support it.
Bottom Line: Use social media like Facebook and other sites carefully, responsibly, and realistically.
Feeling a tad irritated by human behavior in the Heartland ….