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The Yin and the Yang of Facebook

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For every yin, there is a yang. For every good, there is a bad. It is the natural balance of life.

Facebook and other forms of social networking are just the same. Sure, they offer a networking database to connect old friends to new friends and colleagues to associates; but there comes a point when we must become aware of just how much we blend our personal and professional circles.

Hot off the AP wire is an article that tells a story of a Canadian woman who lost her benefits because of pictures she posted on her Facebook page. However, this is not the first time such an instance has been brought to the forefront.

Teachers have been warned, fired, and harassed for similar issues in the U.S. as well. It has now become an issue of privacy and professional respect for a person’s personal life.

Employers have been given the means to track the lives of employees while outside of the workplace, as millions of users participate in the social activity unaware.

There are privacy settings that users can set to limit who can see what, but more than half of users pay no mind to them. Even then so, if you become a “friend” of a co-worker, you become susceptible to infiltrations of privacy.

When I created a Facebook account years ago, it was to keep in touch with friends who went away to school. Now, it has become a pop culture phenomenon that spans across multiple generations.

I’ve gotten add requests from aunts, uncles, cousins half my age, my mother, my crazy ex-girlfriends, co-workers… people outside of my social circle who find a need to be a part of it, to condone or disapprove of my friends and colleagues and any tidbit of my personal life.

While I am conscious of privacy settings, many of my friends are not. They post pictures of me without my approval and tag me in them so they are added to my page.

Who knows who will see those pictures of me? It’s not that difficult to dig for dirt on somebody if you know how to finagle your way through the network. Who’s to say that employers don’t hire specialty web surfers for HR purposes.

Pictures your friends may post of you half drunk at your birthday party may keep you from getting that job one day. You might not even have a Facebook account, but you are still susceptible to this public spy network.


Written by cor24leone

November 23, 2009 at 5:28 AM

What are you doing?

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I’m reluctant yet open-minded about using Twitter for a class project. I tried Twitter once upon a time to see what all the fuss was about, but I walked away disappointed and annoyed. I imagine that my previous account is inactive.

Now, thanks to Professor William Wolf, a.k.a. Bill the Enforcer, I have a new, active account. My opinion on this social medium (hey now, there’s that word again)… not much different.

Granted, I’m only on my third day of twatting, or twurping, or tweeting… whatever. I have to admit, my reluctant side is smashing my open-minded side with a 36 oz Demarini. But why? You might ask.

Well, frankly I’m disgusted by our society’s infatuation with celebrity gossip and the obsession with living vicariously through TMZ and Twitter.

To relate precisely what I’m saying to Clive Thompson’s NY Times article:
“…the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world.”

I become annoyed by news organizations reporting on what John Meyer said about Jennifer Anniston. I don’t care to know who Paris Hilton, celebutard of the century, is dating and spreading herpes to these days. And I don’t understand why over three million people (closer to four) give a damn what Ashton Kutcher has to say every hour of the day.

Maybe I’m just being a pessimist… it wouldn’t be the first time.

I honestly think there is potential good that comes with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. The Iranian people proved the political affect Twitter can have on organizing a movement, and the Chinese government recognizes its reach.

It is all in the means of use. If we use them to fuel our generation’s desires to cyber-stalk celebrity crushes then they genuinely serve no good to society. But if we can put that aspect aside and look outside of the box, the possibilities really are endless.

Written by cor24leone

November 14, 2009 at 11:35 PM