Facebook downplays privacy crisis meeting was a headline from the BBC News that has caught my eye just now. De-activating my Facebook account took me a fair bit to work out. The decision to do this had been brewing for a while. I simply felt I wasn't really using the service correctly. I would like to state that I have nothing against Facebook, personally. I just feel that the basic premise of keeping in touch with friends and family has been rather swamped by all the other things it consists of. The privacy issue was one which did concern me somewhat. Mashable Blog has just written a thought-provoking post entitled "Facebook Exodus Planned for May 31st;Will you Quit?
Pot calling kettle black?
The idiom above may have sprung to your mind. You are probably thinking "Janet, how come you write a blog and you are on Twitter, so anybody can read what you write?? That is so public! What's the difference between writing on a blog or on Twitter or on Facebook?"
A Case for Facebook?
This excellent post from Graham Stanley's blog-efl certainly made me reflect on why keeping FB is important in the technology-based world of the 21st century. The article is called Private or Public? Has Facebook changed the privacy game? It certainly provides great food for thought.
As one of the moderators on the IATEFL Learning Technologies forum, I started a topic called "Twitter or Facebook:which one do you prefer? The thread received a lot of comments and it was interesting to read everyone's opinions both for and against these two sites.
Did You Know?
To my friends and acquaintances, who were following me on FB, I am sorry that my page is no longer there. Before I de-activated, you might not be aware that some of your faces (4 )came up saying that you would miss me and asking me if I was really really sure I wanted to opt out. Your profile pictures were urging me to reconsider my decision!! Did you know that this is an emotional tactic to keep me within the community? Four of you should know who you are. If you don't, it means that a random robot must have chosen you ?
Any thoughts and comments would be really appreciated. I am not an expert on social media, but I am fascinated to know where it's all heading... Did I do right? Or have I blotted my chances for gaining a future job? What's your opinion?
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