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I have been a member of Facebook for about 6 years now. When I first signed up to Facebook I had a few friends that were also signed up. Over the years there has been more and more users and now neatly everyone I know has a Facebook account.
Facebook is great a enaballing people to keep in touch with one another. Without Facebook without a doubt I would have list touch with some of my old school friends, through loosing phone numbers or the like. With Facebook there is literally no excuse. You can send primate messages to each other and you know when someone has read it - this us of course good and bad as it shows you who doesn't want to reply to you and forces you to reply quickly once a message has been read.
Of course with everything on the internet there are privacy issues. My mum and dad are both on Facebook and so I also have to bear this in mind with whatever I post. Also, the privacy terms detail that any pictures posted on Facebook that the rights to the photos then belong to Facebook. A few of my friends with babies have particular concerns over posting photos on Facebook and they will not put any pictures of their children on Facebook whatsoever.
Facebook is a great way not only to keep in touch with people but also to be nosey. I love seeing what other people are up to without having to speak to them.
The most annoying thing I find about Facebook is the adverts. Over the years the amount of adverts have gone through the roof. They are very clever with the advertisements are really target you with what they think you might be interested in. When I was engaged I was inundated with wedding photographer advertisements. Gerneralky though I have learnt to ignore the adverts so they don't deter too much from the Facebook site.
I used to love Facebook about seven to eight years ago, and I know the majority of the world are still in love with the site, but for me I''m afraid the love affair is well and truly over. I used to be active on there and would regularly log on via the mobile app to see what my friends were up to, update my status and so on. I never had a huge number of friends, always less than 80 in fact, as I was never in the habit of adding friends of friends and so on. Then a few years ago, I found something out from what was meant to be a very good friend of mine via Facebook, and that really hurt. A couple of years after that, I had a big falling out with a few people and while I was still upset and struggling, to see those people "unfriend" me online one by one just added to my upset. So for me, I decided that that was enough and I came off Facebook. I don''t need the upset it can cause. Fortunately I have never been in a position where you stay "friends" with an ex that you still hold a torch for, just to then start seeing all their posts with their new partner, photos and so on, but I know someone who had and so I know how upsetting that can be. I know it is a great site when it is a happy place and great for staying in contact with all your friends in one go easily, but I''ve kissed goodbye to Facebook.
So pretty much everyone knows what Facebook is by now - yes it is the social networking site where everyone goes to moan about their lives and post pictures of cats or food or cats eating food.
People sign up for different reasons - my mum signed up so she can spy on people, I signed up so I keep in touch with friends with minimal effort - but the reasons for staying can sometimes change - my mum still uses it mainly to spy on people, I now use it to help promote my small business and keep in touch with people I don't get chance to see.
And everyone ( I have seen no exceptions so far) likes to complain about Facebook -wether that be about the copious amount of cat pictures on their newsfeed, if Facebook makes changes or if it crashes - but I like to keep in mind what Facebook actually is.
Facebook is a FREE social networking site. You sign up for free, use it, play games on it, build pages and leave all for free, no pennies involved if you don't want to pay for anything. If you don't like how it works or don't want your information on the website then you don't have to sign up for it and, also, if you do sign up then there's not much really to complain about. You are being given a service for free and the world doesn't end if Facebook crashes for a couple of hours.
I come from a generation that saw computers and the internet come into effect (I was 11 when I got my first desktop computer and the internet was dial-up back then) so I know what it is like to not have Facebook and I don't depend on having it in my life. a lot of the people I know are only a few years younger than me but can't seem to go more than five minutes without posting something, commenting on everyone's status' or linking a bunch of cute cate pictures/vidoes.
Facebook can be a great asses if you need it to be and it has done wonders for my social life and my business, it also helped ease the stress of moving to a completely different county recently. Within a week of moving I had found a group in the area for acting and was helping on the bar for the last three pantomines being shown at the village hall and already have a social life here. I don't know how long that would have taken me without Facebook as it was the only place I managed to find information about anything in the area.
Anyway enough with the random ranting.
Can be great for helping with social life/activities
Great for reaching people easily for promo or networking
Free way to help promote a business/get sales
Free games to play
Lots of websites and events to find out about
Lots of posts about cats, food and generally negativity by a lot of people
Facebook do tend to change the layout a few times and not everyone likes the changes
They have a habit of stealing your data so don't put anything too personal on there (phone numbers, address etc)
A lot of adverts in your news feed and along the side of the screen
There is a lot more to Facebook that I haven't even managed to touch upon as it has grown and developed over the years. Personally, I like Facebook and I don't mind the occasional changes. It has helped me a lot with discovering new events, people, websites etc it has helped me with promoting my business. I imagine that Facebook may be around for a little while yet and I shall continue to use it until it becomes redundant to do so.
Facebook was a just a page. A page with my photo on it, and a list of my favourite bands, and photos from the last night out. And I could see other people's pages, and their picture, and a list of THEIR favourite bands. I thought to myself, that it would be pretty cool for a few weeks....
It's about eight years on, and somewhere along the line Facebook has become a tool in my life, rather than just a page I look at on the computer. It seems that I don't even know when I am and when I'm not using Facebook anymore. It's like the Madonna of social media, constantly moving with the times and staying relevent to the world around it.
My Blackberry has about 15 contact numbers in it, I don't need phone numbers anymore, I have Facebook on my phone.
What I'm trying to say is, can we imagine a Facebook-less world?
Everybody knows what Facebook is so I will not go in the description and give instead a very personal review of my experience and thoughts about the website and the use of it.
I am one of the over a billion users of the website, actually, I would be more precise saying that I'm one of the over a billion people registered on the website but don't really like to use it for a number of reasons. My issues with Facebook start from the very definition of its use in Wikipedia: :" Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet."
Please note the words "CONTINUOUSLY" and " IN THE WORLD", do I really want that? Things get worst if you match " CONTINUOUSLY" and "IN THE WORLD" with "RELATIVES" and finally " ACQUAINTANCES". This words combination is my typical nightmare scenario.
In addition I also have a long list of issues with some of the website features and users habits, I'll try to make a short list:
Writing style: Why so many people elongate words? I'm talking here about the" Helloooooo, how are youuuu? I' so happyyyyy" , etc etc. Am I missing a point here? Do we get money for the longest word?
Contents: Some people write on Facebook irrelevant and private details of their life; I mean I'm not interested in when someone goes to the toilet or has sex and I don't want the world to know when I do it!
Who is a Facebook friend: First of all this feature is very political as there is the question if I'm rude in not accepting someone as a friend. If I a small chat with someone at a party and he/she sends me an invite to be friends do I have to accept it? The issue here is that once you accept someone as a friend you share with them most of the information about you, the very same information you share with your friends will also be shared with your acquaintances and relatives. My mum that is almost in her 70's recently registered on Facebook and sent me an invite to be friends: I cannot really ignore her request, can I? She is my mum! Also, looking at it from another angle, the social status of many is based on how many friends they have on Facebook so does the fact that I have less than 100 make of me an unpopular person? Should my self-esteem suffer because of that or does the fact that I cannot care less than what I do make of me an horrible person?
Pictures: Judging from the profile's pictures on Facebook a big percentage of its users is a model or a movie star. Fact.
There is the possibility of tagging other people in pictures; I take this as a violation of privacy! Recently a supposed Facebook " friend" of mine tagged pictures of me during a holiday ( at a party and on the beach) and they were seen by work colleagues: how embarrassing!
Poking feature: I must admit I still haven't got the full meaning of this feature and have not explored it either but at first sight looks to me rude. Just imagine spending your time poking people in reality, wouldn't that be rude?
My general impression of Facebook is that has transcended the initial meaning of social network and is complicating my life so I will not use it.
To many, Facebook is no longer simply a website, but an addiction. It is rare to meet anyone who is a regular user of the internet, that does not have a Facebook account. Even my 82 year old great uncle is one there!
Founded in 2004, only 9 years ago by Mark Zucherberg and friends, Facebook now has over 1 billion active users from around the world and was recently the subject of a film, The Social Network.
Every member has his/her own personal Facebook profile, where you can post a status, on anything you like. Examples I often range from 'X is tired' (and similar exciting posts!) to 'Y has passed my driving test!'.
To fully be sociable on this social network, you can become friends with people, so that you can keep in touch, or at least stalk each others photos! Some people will add everyone they meet, as a friend on Facebook. My friends have people as Facebook friends, that they met on a night out 2 years ago and have never spoken to since! I often get friend requests from people who were years younger than me in school, and I have barely ever spoken to them. I do not accept or decline these, I just leave them waiting!
Facebook instant messaging has replaced email for many people, and I use it to replace texting as much as I can, for Facebook is free, whereas texting obviously isn't, and as a student I need every penny! Facebook has also replaced party invites, as it is far easier to set up an event page on there and invite whoever you want (although if you make it a public event you could end up with anyone attending!), than to write out invites.
It can be quite scary how much information some people will post on Facebook, such as their name, address and phone number! And when they are going on holiday, just in case I want to burgle their house...There are options to keep the information on your profile private, but many don't take advantage of these. Of course you don't have to post your phone number on there to begin with!
There are many ways to spend (waste!) time on Facebook, including joining groups, becoming a fan of pages (for websites, brands, celebrities etc.) playing games, sharing photos and instant messaging friends. I am a member of many pages including several local 'For Sale/Rent or Wanted' pages where people in my area advertise all sorts of items. It is much easier to post an advert on these type of groups than to go to the effort of writing an advert to place in the village shop window.
Overall I like Facebook, as it allows me to keep in touch with friends and family, but I am addicted to checking it many times a day, to see if I have any messages/friend requests or invitations to events.
I am relatively new to Facebook as I only joined it earlier this year. I am not really a fan of social networking sites as I prefer to use more traditional forms of communication when contacting friends or family. I think this might be to do with me being of a certain age and growing up in a time before the internet ( maybe it is just me being old fashioned and behind the times).
However I am getting a bit more internet savvy and one thing I do like doing online is entering competitions. Over the last few years I have entered loads of competitions that online merchants run on their websites. In the last year or so many websites that run competitions have been using their Facebook account as a way to promote the competitions. So without having an account with Facebook I could not enter the competitions.
I now enjoy using Facebook and I am starting to interact with other users as well as entering competitions on there. Also, it is surprising how much you can learn from other people`s posts about various different subjects. I also search for special offers on the more commercial pages where they promote money off vouchers and other deals.The most important thing is, I am enjoying it and some days manage to have a laugh at some of the funny things people say .
As a good majority of us internet users know Facebook has taken the internet by storm and has fast become the second most visited site on the whole of the internet (according to Alexa.com), following Google.com. It receives millions of hits every single hour and has been mentioned on the global news stations and newspapers in a great variety of stories, funny and serious. It is truly a magnificent site.
===What is Facebook?===
What the few of us who don't know what Facebook.com is, it's a worldwide social networking site, which after registration allows people to connect with their friends, family, work colleagues and even people you don't know. You get your own Facebook Profile, which allows you to add updates or what you're doing, your pictures, videos and even write blogs, create quizzes, groups, pages and many other things which other people can view, support, participate and whatever else. It basically allows everyone to connect together and gives you the option of doing other pointless tasks, which the result of can be posted publically and people find out a little bit more about you and your personality, hobbies, habits, friends and so on. Also recently a chat option has been added, which gives you the function to instant message each other using the website. So basically Facebook has become your all in one option for social networking and has blown MySpace and Bebo out of the water with its 350 million user following.
===Who uses Facebook?===
Well considering that Facebook's user base consists of 350 million people, with over half of them logging on, on a weekly to daily basis, it can be easily said that a good majority of the world has used or uses Facebook. The Term and Conditions state that you have to be over the age of 13 to register, but honestly there is nothing stopping you from saying your 54 years old when you're actually 10, and Facebook has received some criticism about this issue. But you find that people from all walks of life (who have access to a computer with internet) have logged into Facebook, from your £50k a day business man to your still in school failing English kid. The great thing about Facebook though, is that you don't have to add anyone you don't know, so it's up to you who see your update, pictures and information.
===Why use Facebook?===
Mainly because of its vast population, you can not only find your current friends and close family who you know are on Facebook, but like me, find your old primary school friends, high school friends and even old work colleague who you never thought you'd talk to again. Facebook has also become the main source of social information for me, if there is a gathering, it will be set as an event on Facebook, than people ask "why weren't you at the party on Saturday, we posted it on Facebook and everything", so it's becoming the key communication channel for some people. Also people seemed to have moved to Facebook because of it far more elegant style; it doesn't give you a lot of profile customisation options and the layout is simple, which makes the site very easy to use and great to look at, one of Facebooks main attractions. Also it offers some fun games in which you progress and can play with your friends.
I've mentioned of a few good things about Facebook above, but nothing really bad, because just like any website, Facebook has got its share of problems and even more with the recent updates it been adding, some of the biggest problems I've found include -
Facebook Chat - Although not AS big of an issue now, it has caused thousands of complains. The Facebook chat application on the website used to crash and basically people never got their messages, or simply appeared online than offline. The issues still exists, but not as bad as before.
Applications Notifications - Whenever you decide to do a quiz or use a Facebook application, it registers your profile and will constantly give you stupid application notices, when you think someone has actually done something you want to know about.
Privacy Setting - Facebook has changed their privacy setting that give the advertises (hence applications) more access to your account, with this change I've been getting more Notifications telling me "Someone has tag you in a Photo", but when I click on it, it takes you to an application, so that get irritating and annoying quickly.
Irritating People - Some of your friends put their problems on Facebook, complaining, swearing and simple putting stupid updates can be slightly irritating.
Endless Comment Notifications - If you comment or like someone's update, there is a chance you go away and come back to like 100 notifications because someone has started a conversation in the comments which you have nothing to do with. Facebook should add an option to opt out of specific comment notifications (has an overall opt out, but you may want to get updates from a specific update).
These are just some of the bad things about the Facebook social website; I know you can probably think of a hundred more if you are a Facebook user. But Facebook is a totally free website, it costs nothing to use it, to register, or do anything else, so really there is no need to complain about a free service. Also it shows fewer advertisements than both its competitors MySpace and Bebo, and it has a much better advertising strategy, so it offers the less polluted network.
Facebook has had a bit of controversy about what goes on the website by its users, people have been banned from the site and come people have even been arrested for what they have posted on their profiles. Some cases include -
A man was arrested for posting a picture of himself holding a gun into his pictures, which was picked up by the authorities.
A person who had a restraining order again someone has being harassed on Facebook by the person (although who keeps a person they have a restraining order against as a friend on Facebook? Seriously?)
Reports of how safe children are on the website and how easy it is to be lied to on the website and pretend to be someone you are not.
As well as the hundreds of reports of cyber bullying going on through Facebook.
There are loads more stories both serious and some are quite stupid and funny, so if you are bored its quite interesting to find out the level of some peoples stupidity.
Facebook has began to take over thousands of people's lives, as they spend most of their day just sitting and looking at updates people have posted and doing pointless quizzes and otherwise. There is a small industry of people publishing books on how to use Facebook as well as website that sell people 'friends' as well as other website which have appeared which depend on Facebook for content like Lamebook.com (VERY funny website showing people funny and 'fail' updates).
Overall, Facebook is a brilliant website for connecting to your friends and family who you haven't seen in a long time as well as keep in touch with your current friends and what is going on and what they are doing. However it can be annoying and stupidly addictive.
Its a very telling sign that times have changed when parting with a new (or old) friend you are not asked your mobile number but your facebook url! It seems these days nearly everyones on it!
I joined a few years back after months of my elder sisters bugging me- at that time i was still a teenager and more of a myspace gal myself! I found facebook boring in comparison and less personal. Then more and more people joined. I was getting friend requests from people i hadnt seen since i was 10 and even more horrifyingly (for a teenager) my own mother! It seems now nearly everyone you meet is on facebook.
Im not gonna lie, in some scenarios it can almost be seen as a stalking device! And who isnt guilty of a little online stalking?
I bet I'm not the only one whos had a little giggle that the stuck up beautiful girl from school is looking less than good and has packed on 30lbs.
I also bet I'm not the only one whos had a little nose at an exes page, checking out who hes with now, mentally scoring points on if she's more attractive.
And thirdly I bet I'm not the only one who has "friends" who I never spoke to in school let alone now but thought it'd be rude to decline their request.
Its sort of a mini celebrity culture, seeing how people are doing now, who theyre with, their social life (clealry judged by photos and status updates, how ridiculous, I know!)
Its a sure sign that facebook has taken over when after a night out where you took a few photos you get people commenting on your page asking why you havent uploaded them yet. They want a new profile picture, they want people to see what a great night they had. Blah blah blah!
And then theres the minigames. Now dont get me wrong, I've dabbled in them myself at those boredom moments. But if I get one more request to "Farmville" I swear I'll go crazy.
Its addicting though. I find myself checking it each morning, liking things, updating my status (of course everybody wants to know what I ate for breakfast and how I slept!), adding photos (here look at 10 identical photos of my child at different angles!) and commenting on things because it makes me feel social.
The worst thing is I can say pretty surely that its unlikely I would of been invited to 75% of social events in the past 6 months if it wasnt for facebook- nobody arranges things through phonecalls or text messaging these days it seems!
On thing that really bugs me is the attention seekers who write statuses about how ugly they are and how crap their life is. It could be a seemingly lovely friend who isnt remotly like this in real life but becomes hugely annoying on facebook. We all have them, and we all resit to comment something like "shut the hell up, nobody cares, stop fishing for compliemnts".
Overall though love it or hate it its almost becoming necessary in this day and age, the fact that you can use your facebook account to log into various other websites is proof of that. Zuckerberg must be laughing all the way to the bank.
.* INTRODUCTION *.
I have to say this site never interested me to be honest, but we threw a 50th party for my father in law, and a lot of pictures were taken as you can imagine. I wanted a copy of them which probably would have cost me a small fortune to get them developed, so my sister in law told me about getting them onto my computer by using facebook, I wasn't sure but what the heck it was only to get the pictures anyway. I signed up and then since that day I use it daily sad as it may sound. Let me tell you more about facebook and what it is.
.* AVAILABILITY AND SIGNING UP *.
You can access the site by going to facebook.com, there are no downloads, no installing and more importantly its totally free. As like any other website you go on, you have the signing up process, you need to do this before being able to use the site, it doesn't take long. You need to enter such things as your email address, a password, and other small information, nothing complicated. Once you have done that you're ready to go into the world of facebook.
.* PROFILE PAGE, HOME PAGE AND OPTIONS *.
You will see at the top of the page on the right hand side, is 2 buttons, your email address (profile page) home and a little arrow pointing downwards, clicking this will provide you with options in which I will discuss later. First of all you will always be on your profile page once you have signed up, this is your space to do what you like with, add photo's, add links, share video's write on your wall. Your page is split in 2 sections, you have your wall space and then next to it you have your activity, photos, recently added friends, likes and games. Also next to that you have advertisements, which some are interesting.
The home page is where you will find all the news and gossips from your friends, shares from friends, and gaming news, also anything you have liked can be advertised here. You will notice on the left hand side your have apps, message, events and news feed so you can toggle between them. On the right hand side of the page you will have create events, games you have played, notifications for the games, and sponsor links. Middle is where its all happening from your friends. Above all that on the left hand side right at the top you have icons, friend requests, messages and notifications, I will be going into that a bit later in the review. If you see anything that catches your eye and that you want to comment on, then you can do so here, by clicking in the box underneath their post.
The little arrow when clicked this will open up and give you the following options, Account settings, Privacy settings, Log out and help. I guess these are self explanatory, but if you're unsure what each of them do then here is a low down.
Account settings lets you toggle with your account enabling you to edit anything on your profile, change your security, like passwords and so on, changing your notifications on certain things, shows you a list of apps/games you have joined, which here can be deleted if you no longer wish to have them, you also have the option to add your phone, so that any wall post, comments, notifications and messages go straight to your phone, but not a good idea if you have games you play as you will always be hearing your phone bling.
Privacy settings lets you toggle with such things as how you connect with friends and family, who can receive and send messages to you etc, timeline and tagging, adds, apps and websites, limitations on posts, blocked people and ads, now in here you can change who can view certain things on your profile and you cant.
Log out means exactly that, you log out. And the help option when clicked opens up a search box where you can type what you want with and will give you the help, although I haven't had to use this, although it does give you a list of options to what you need help in to narrow down the request.
.* NOTIFICATION, FRIEND AND MESSAGE ICONS *.
As I have mentioned earlier in my review there are icons on the left hand side of the page which you can see either on the profile page or the home page. These are helpful to you as they let you know when you have attention awaiting you.
Friend request will light up with a number of requests you may have awaiting you, clicking it will open a box which will enable you to accept or ignore the friend request, best not accept anyone you don't know then you will be safe especially children that maybe using facebook.
Messages will light up again with a number to how many you messages you have in your inbox, these are of course private messages that only you can see. There you have a discussion one to one, or more people, meaning a group conversation, to write a message to your friends, you click on the icon and type in their name followed by your message, then click send, you can also reply to a message by just clicking reply.
Notifications will again light up with a number, reflecting on how many notifications you have awaiting you, notifications can be anything from comments made, accepting friends, or game requests. You will be overwhelmed with notifications if you play games a lot, and you have a lot of friends in your list.
.* ADDING, REMOVING, REPORTING, SEARCHING FOR FRIENDS *.
First of all, you will need to click on the friends icon, once clicked it will say you have no pending friends or find friends, click find friends, and type in the search bar the name of the person you want to find, once you have found them, click on them, and send friends request. Removing a person from your friends list, you click on the person, below there picture is a button that says *friends* click that and down at the bottom is unfriend, click that and they are gone. Reporting a member is the same thing as the unfriend, but there is a arrow again pointing down click that and you report that person, I haven't had to do that since being on the site.
.* CHATTING *.
There are many way to communicate with people on the site, you can either post on there profile, either on their wall, or on a post, you can inbox them which is private, and right at the bottom of the screen you will see chat bar, click that and will be able to go online to talk with your friends and family, which is also private. And acts like a messenger. If you want to be more private but only to a small group of people then you do need to go into your privacy settings and toggle with whom you want to see your page and who you don't.
.* APPS and GAMES *.
Apps can be found on the home page in the app centre click on there and will able to find apps and games. I have never used the apps on there but have played many games.
In apps you will find categories like entertainment, facebook, lifestyle, music, news, photos and videos, sports, travel and local, and last of all utilities, they provided something for everyone needs I would of thought but like I have said never used anything out the apps. You do have at the top of the selected category, top rated, suggested, trending and friends. Which when clicked you will see the top rated apps, suggested for you apps, trending apps, and what your friends are using.
Now we come the gaming which are also categorised consisting of action/arcade, adventure, board games, card games, casino, family, puzzle, simulation, sports, strategy, trivia and word games. Games for everyone, and especially for children to play on, my little boy sits on facebook with me sometimes playing games, and he enjoys them. I have to admit I think I play more game then I do chat with anyone, some can be very addictive, others don't interest me what so ever.
.* GROUPS *.
There is such a thing as setting up your own group although I don't see the point in this when you can share what you like on your wall, although I have set up one or 2 in the past as for example, a gardening one and a things for sale one, but apart from that I don't tend to join any groups. You can set up a group for what ever reason you have and invite people in there you want; it is easy to set up.
.* FINAL THOUGHTS *.
I do enjoy going on facebook although some days it can get boring, like most things in life. It's just for socialising with friends and family, and playing games, sharing things, and meet new people. It's easy to use and find what you need on there until they change the layout and then you have to look for things again. The fact you can have a open discussion about things or keep things private is also a good thing, as it keeps your identity pretty safe from those whom who might be a threat. Be careful on there though and only add people you trust and know.
Facebook is a social networking site aimed at helping people to connect with friends, you can upload many photo's which can be grouped into albums, with a name of your choice, you may also tag your friends in the photo's by clicking the 'tag photos' tab then clicking on your friends faces and typing their name on the box that then appears. Once your friend has been tagged, this photo will then appear on their profile, likewise if they tag a photo of you, it will then appear on your profile. This is often not a good thing if you have embarrassing photo's that you do not wish to see, however there is a untag button, and you can also send a request to have the photo removed from the photo owners page.
There is also a chat facility where you can instantly chat to all your online friends and if they are not online it will instantly go to their private inbox. If someone was to write on your profile or comment on a photo for example you will be notified of this, for example when you sign into facebook, a number will appear on top of the world symbol, for instance if you have two notifications, a red number two would appear.
Although I am a regular user of Facebook and have been for many years I feel that it exposes people too much, for example if I was to write something on a friends profile (now referred to as a timeline) that message will immediately appear on all of my friends' friends news feed. There is also a separate mini newsfeed which notifies you of everyone's actions and although I am quite a nosy person, I do not write things publicly on my facebook, for the simple reason that I do not want my whole life shared to many people, potentially people I do not even know.
A social networking site where you can chat to your friends and family, upload and comment on photos and videos, follow your favourite celebs, learn about upcoming gigs and tell the world a little (or a lot) about your interests. Yeah, sign me up.
What? It's Facebook? nah, I'll pass.
This is generally the feeling I have about Facebook. It was a nice idea, but suddenly it started advertising an insane amount and people found out they could mouth off and argue all they want without many ramifications.
In using Facebook, I have only ever encountered arguments, people wanting to sell you something or people wanting you to follow them on Twitter, look at their Myspace page or watch one of their Youtube videos. These less than encouraging experiences have soured what I can see could have been such a useful tool in meeting new people with similar interests. Many would argue that this is small percential of users on Facebook, but I have tried under numerous guises and through numerous interests to meet genuine individuals without an ulterior motive. Sadly, I have only found around 5 decent people out of roughly 350.
The fact that many people use Facebook simply as a marketing tool is a real tragedy, as it both stops it being enjoyable or useful for some people (such as myself) and turns into a faceless corporation. This is not helped by the fact that you can't use any of their entertaining and fun apps without getting mobbed with adverts and recommendations.
Personally, I think that Facebook COULD be an amazing institution if it just stopped advertising so much and flagged endless self-promotion.
It really is a shame, as the idea was very good and could have worked very well. Instead everyone's mum and corporate entities use it to embarass and shamelessly promote.
The only saving grace is the fact that it still remains a good source of information for entertainment purposes (many games, films and celebrities are on here and post at least semi-reguraly).
In a nutshell, I think Facebook is one of the worst sites ever created. I decided to jump on the facebook bandwagon three years ago because I was very shy and thought of it as an opportunity for friends to get to know me better. I immediately discovered that it became a tool of unintentionally exposing people's attention-seeking tendencies. People who were nice face-to-face in real life were now thought of as annoying online. Paranoia creeps into my mind when a "friend" doesn't respond to my wall posts (not that I send many, just the odd, superficial How are you?, what have you been up to? messages. As a result, I have become more anti-social and apprehensive of chatting with others on the site for fear that I will be given the silent treatment. Sometimes, facebook apathy leaves me feeling nostalgic and yearning for the days when life was simple and people just communicated face-to-face and through the telephone. Why has social networking become an addictive trend? I often ponder. Iphones are the latest gadget to lure their owners into using facebook more often in bars, cafés or wherever you are outside the house. I deactivated my account for three months last year, as I decided I no longer had any use for facebook in my life. Throughout those three months, I felt more at ease and relaxed with myself. I knew deep down that I was better off without facebook. I did feel a bit lonely. But the pros definitely outweighed the cons when I quitted. That was before I moved to another country and met new friends. As I don't want to lose touch with the people I've recently met, I went back to using the site. Damn it!
Facebook is an online social networking site giving everyone the opportunity to make a profile and interact with other friends/businesses who have also made a profile.
I think Facebook is a great concept- I do however think that whilst everyone expects technology to 'keep up with the times' Facebook are constantly changing things around and adding things much to the annoyance of lots of their users! I wouldn't mind if Fcebook worked smoothly through the changes but it seems that as soon as something new is brought in, one or more features stop working correctly. I think they would encourage more people to be loyal and use it more if they could trust that Facebook would ensure smooth running and blip free networking on the site.
There are many good features on Facebook- private messaging (like email) a chat option (like MSN and similar) a place to store countless photos, and one of the major things it has going for it is the ability to advertise and even operate a business within the site.
It is major advertising for a company and the sheer numbers of people you can reach through Facebook is quite phenomenal.
Yes there are a few issues sometimes (not receiving notifications, issues with uploading pictures, posts disappearing) but on the whole it is generally a good place to meet and interact with people and small (and large) businesses and companies. And best of all IT'S FREE!!!
For those of you that have never heard of Facebook its a social website where you can upload pictures, tag you self and other people in places, and find friends.
I first joined Facebook in 2008, I hardly went on it back then! But now it is a different story.
There isnt a day that goes past that I dont check my news feed and find out whats going on! Its like reading the daily newspaper but with gossip from people you know!
There are some aspects of Facebook that I love, these are:
You can find friends that you have grown apart from
You can play games and challenge your friends on games
You can display your pictures for people to see
You can like different pages including brands and celebritioes etc... most websites you go on you can 'Like' it on Facebook!
BUT there are also things about it that i hate:
Viruses... There are loads about on there so always think twice before you click on anything
Wierdos trying to add you
Some peoples statuses are always moaning about something!! Give it a rest!
The new Timeline... it is ridiculous in my opinion!!
I was wrong in thinking that Facebook is more for the younger generation... My mum is on there!!
There has been a lot of speculation that you may have to pay for Facebook in the future and I think that will change a lot of peoples lives! Some people update their status every hour.... Do they not work or have a life?!
I personally wont be using Facebook if there becomes a charge for it... Its not that good to want to pay my hard earned money on.
In some ways I think it should be made harder to get an account, mainly because you are supposed to be over 16 or 18 (unsure which) to get an account but some of my brothers 11 year old friends have it, I honestly dont think that is either safe or good for their health. When I was 11 I was more interested in playing dress up with my dolls than browsing the web but it may just be the society we live in now!
Anyway, Facebook is a website that will go down in history, hopefully its for all the good reasons rather than the bad