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    Face Book

    Greetings from a sunny (Old) South Wales.

    I don't know if this is in the right category. No doubt an Admin will change it, if not.

    My kids are nagging me to join up to Face Book. Apparently, regular emails are not enough!?

    Since I value the opinions of the folk in this forum, I have searched for facebook and "face book", but without success. Does anyone have experience of Face Book - positive or negative; are there any security issues or other considerations that would make it a bad idea to join?

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    Re: Face Book

    I have no personal experience with FaceBook (being far past the age range of its target audience). The WikiPedia entry on Facebook describes how it works and mentions some of the privacy concerns.

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    Re: Face Book

    Thanks Hans:

    Good article.

    I agree with you about the age thing (for me, that is, not you!)
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    Re: Face Book

    Hi Tony

    I made a "mistake" of adding myself to Face Book after a student of mine asked me to be their "friend", I added a profile but now I seem to have requests from people I have never heard of. It sounds a good idea but not really for my age group I'm afraid.
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    Re: Face Book

    I'm a bit of a Facebook addict, I love it. Through it I'm back in touch with old friends I haven't been in contact with for 15 years or more - plus there are lots of nifty add ons that let you do things like play Scrabble online with your friends. I heartily recommend it - although if you read some of the articles on it at http://www.theregister.co.uk/ you'll see that there have been one or two security concerns (most of which I think are scaremongering, personally).
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    Re: Face Book

    Thanks both for your input.
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    Linked In

    I get bugged about this too - I mean people bugging me to sign up for facebook. I resist because I really do think it's frivoulous (notwithstanding the fact that you can meet up with long-lost friends). I found a networking site that better suited my needs: http://www.linkedin.com. It's geared to professionals who want to maintain their business network. At first I was unimpressed and a bit confused, but once I started getting links (adding people I know), I discovered the power of the system.

    Anyone else here make good use of Linked In?

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    Re: Linked In

    Yes I use LinkedIn but it's more for professional networking for jobs, etc. and have had recruiters contact me through it. Facebook (and other social networking sites like MySpace) are like an online diary where you talk endlessly to people, share photos (it's the biggest photo sharing site in the world), join groups of like-minded folks, etc. It's amazing what people will share/say online as if it's private. There are many stories of employers finding not-so-good things about hopeful job candidates through their Facebook or MySpace pages. I agree with the person asking 'why isn't email good enough'.

    It's also a generational / age thing. Anyone younger than 35 who was born after the Internet immediately "gets" the web and love these social networking sites. They're the same folks who love texting, chatting about everything to everyone with no clue that everything they're saying is public information (like sharing your deep secrets with everyone out there). It's all the rage "web 2.0" everything - where the user is in control and sharing, discussing, talking all the time. I personally have no interest in these types of sites.

    Just to prove how out of it we are, Microsoft just plunked down $240M for a mere 1.6% ownership of Facebook (it's only 3 years old). The demographics of the Facebook community is just too enticing for advertising. The founder & CEO is only 23 years old, if that's not enough to make me feel like a geezer, what is it? (And I have a computer science and engineering degree, so I'm quite tech literate but have no interest in these type of sites). Three years ago Matt Zuckerberg had no job, no car, no house now he's head of Facebook. It's an amazing story (reminiscent of the dot com bubble era).

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    Re: Linked In

    I think there's a lot of misunderstanding around Facebook - a lot of people seem to think that everything you do on there can be seen by anyone. That's simply not true; you have a "public profile" and a "private profile", and you have complete control over who can see what. Yes of course it's possible for hackers to make their way in, but that's also true of email or indeed the telephone system! It's no less safe and secure than any other means of electronic communication, provided - just like anything else - users take sensible precautions and pay attention to the security settings they're using.
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    Re: Linked In

    It's true that FaceBook in itself is not the problem. But many of the people who feel attracted by this kind of thing don't seem to feel any need to "take sensible precautions and pay attention to the security settings they're using".
    Recently, a colleague of mine found out that her 18 year old daughter has a blog. The blog is full of details about what she (the daughter) thinks of boyfriends, teachers, her mother etc., in sometimes embarrassing detail. Apparently she didn't think that those described would read the blog, or perhaps she doesn't care?

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    Re: Face Book

    After the fourth invitation from ex-students (all ignored BTW) I put a block on all invitations. We have precious little privacy here in UK (CCTV etc..) so I have no wish to make myself more obvious on the Interwebnetthingy than I already am.
    Identity theft being what it is now, sites such as Facebook and GenesReunited are just setting yourself up for trouble. (Also I'm too old and grumpy for these types of things anyway!)

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    Re: Face Book

    ....and recently I have had invitations from people I don't even know...who want to be my friend!!! What's that all about <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>


    On saying that though, a rather nice Lounger hunted me down and I am now their friend in Facebook and the Lounge now <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Face Book

    Wonder who that could be. <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>
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    Re: Face Book

    Hi Tony

    I have been a member of Face Book for a couple of months now and frankly I have become quite bored with it and have deactivated my account and removed all information about myself from it.

    It is quite fun when you first start it but after a while I found it quite infuriating , especially when I was getting invitations from people I didn't know and then I got inundated by messages via an ex-students contacts.

    The most infuriating thing was the censorship on it as I found one rather purile contact kept adding obscene and frankly disgusting videos on my Wall...I am no prude but it is rather embarassing when people do see my area....I met this guy at a road race at Christmas and asked him in no uncertain terms not to post anything that his daughter would be embarassed at reading...he got my point.

    I was then getting irritated by all these weirdo's attacking me as a Vampire!!!!!! It is lost on me but I am going to leave it to the kids from now on <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20>

    Just thought I would update you <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Jerry

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    Re: Face Book

    I just came across this longish article about facebook the other day. It seems that once you are in it's impossible to get out:

    <hr>Like guests at the Hotel California, people who check out of Facebook have a hard time leaving. Profiles of former members are preserved in case people want to reactivate their accounts. And all users' digital selves can outlive their creators. As the company's "terms of use" explain, profiles of deceased members are kept "active under a special memorialized status for a period of time determined by us to allow other users to post and view comments."

    Facebook's 58 million active members have posted more than 2.7 billion photos, with more than 2.2 billion digital labels of people in the pictures. But what many users may not realize is that the company owns every photo. In fact, everything that people post is automatically licensed to Facebook for its perpetual and transferable use, distribution or public display. The terms of use reserve the right to grant and sublicense all "user content" posted on the site to other businesses. Facebook, a privately held company, rejected a buyout offer from Yahoo! last year and recently sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft, which values the company at up to $15 billion. (Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation bought MySpace, the other leading social network site, for $580 million in 2005.)"<hr>

    Social Networking - no thanks.

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