I appear to be outside the mainstream on this one since I have not joined Facebook! This social networking site is beyond enormous – it’s ginormous! It now has over 500 million-plus users and just keeps on growing, and also changing.
Design changes seem to be made to Facebook on a regular basis, and therein lies part of the rub for me. Rules change that are beyond the control of current users, with such changes then affecting what has already been posted and disseminated across the internet.
I am unable to determine if there is a way to opt out after you join and then be able to take all of your information out with you.
Most of my concerns deal with Facebook privacy, privacy issues, and privacy rights. I also am concerned that for me it would be a time waster.
Various people have been encouraging me to join Facebook, but being a part of this social networking site simply does not appeal to me.
Here are some reasons:
1) It appears to be too unregulated as to what could be published by others about me. The newly announced redesign gives users a new biography section that includes not just who you are and where you live but a set of the most recent photos that your friends have “tagged” you in. I don’t want others tagging pictures of me and publishing them. My goal is to maintain some small measure of privacy, not lose more of it on Facebook.
2) It is another way that my time would be consumed. There is only so much of it, and I already have more on my plate than what is getting done. For me it might just be a time waster!
3) I like talking to people in person, writing letters, or talking to them on the telephone. Even emails work fine for relaying information. There is no need for me to post conversations, photos, or whatever it is that people post on Facebook.
4) It may or may not be useful in promoting my writing. If people I know want to read my articles, I can supply them with my URL. Strangers can do a browser search and locate my content site or individual articles that way. If I’m losing page views by not joining, then I consider that a trade-off for the time I am saving.
5) The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” doesn’t wash with me. I’m not afraid of learning new technology and have mastered quite a bit of it in the past few years, but I am very selective in what technology I want to learn. If I wanted to figure out Facebook I’m sure I could manage to do so.
There are 500 million-plus users on Facebook, and then there is me, bucking the trend. You won’t be able to find R.C. Johnson on Facebook any time soon, but you can find me on Yahoo/Associated Content if you are interested in reading my articles.
[See the Associated Press article “Facebook’s New Facelift Plays Up Photos and Friends” for more information on the latest changes to Facebook.]
Additional articles by R.C. Johnson:
Man Has Camera Implanted in His Skull: This Raises Many Questions!
The Secret ‘X-37B’ Has Returned Home: a Successful Mission Accomplished!
Cyber Warfare: Stuxnet, a “Secret Agent” Defying Imagination!
Radio Tags at Wal-Mart: Will Your Privacy Be Impacted?
Will Ad Space Be Sold on License Plates?
Sources: Personal opinion