Friday, November 7, 2008
Unlike MySpace, Facebook is a social networking site that I really like. I use MySpace (although not as much until recently) but I use it for a much different purpose. I use MySpace is for music-oriented gatherings; checking out bands and music. I use Facebook in my day-to-day life which gathers many friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. If you don't know what Facebook is, let me attempt to describe it for you:
Facebook is a FREE website in which you create a online profile of yourself. This profile includes information about yourself such as your name and where you live; you can be as specific or generic as you want. Most people include their hometown, high school graduating class, college, place of employment and birthdate; the common stuff. OR you can leave things like this out and just have your name. While on Facebook, you add "friends", who can anybody from old high school buddies to current/former co-workers to complete strangers if you want (I don't encourage that though). Once you are 'friends' with people you have a "Wall" which shows what other Facebooks 'friends' are doing, writing, etc. Every person on Facebook, can post things such as what they are up to, post video links, post photos and much, much, MUCH more.
Whats even more cool, is that Facebook ties in with other things in my life, such as being integrated into my iPhone, captures and posts via my Twitter entries, etc. This is a great place to have somewhat of a blog without needing to have the technology, resources and know-how behind you... Just signup and go! (Shhhh: Don't tell anyone but I can tell you I've slowed down a bit with my blog posts here because of Facebook.)
If you're not currrently on Facebook, you may be worried about your online identity, right?, Well, here's an excellent resource that has recommended Privacy Settings to keep your Facebook identity safe and visible only to those people you want: http://www.sophos.com/security/best-practice/facebook-profile.html
Overall, Facebook is pretty cool and is a great place I check throughout the day; just as much as e-mail. It's a nice way to see what your friends and family are up to without sending an e-mail, calling etc. If you have any interest in this type of stuff, I highly encourage you to sign up and add me as your friend! Be careful though, some people get caught up in all the groups, games and non-stop tom-foolery that is out there as well!