Thursday, November 20, 2008

Facebook & Social Networking

I recently signed up for an account with Facebook after hearing other adults talking about their use of it.

After seeing so many MySpace pages cluttered with all kinds of unsightly stuff, I wasn't interested in social networking sites, assuming they were all like MySpace, which allows users to customize pages to a point where they become an assault on the eyes.

FaceBook is different, cleaner, more organized, more useful, easier on the eyes! I understand Facebook is becoming more popular than MySpace, and I can see why.

I'm finding Facebook very interesting. I'm amazed at how many people that I know are using it. For me it's mostly relatives, nieces, nephews etc.

Upon signing up, users can find FaceBook friends via their AOL Instant Messenger Buddy Lists or from e-mail address books. (I chose not give FaceBook my ISP e-mail account password.) Users can also find other facebook members by searching their high school by year of graduation. Watch-out cla$$mate$.com! (Classmates wants you to pay before they'll allow users to reach each other.)

Once a Facebook member, you're able to see all of your friends content, their friends etc. One of the features is a rolling list of things friends have recently done, like pictures posted, comments on pictures, where people are, what they are doing etc. Having only been a FaceBook member for 1 day, I may add more to this blog after I learn more.

Comments on this and other entries in my blog are encouraged.


Doomsheep said...

Facebook now believes it may use ANYTHING you post on THEIR site to make a buck. I'm pretty sure if I stole your images here & sold them as if I owned thewm you would sue me. Well Facebook is doing that very thing. They take your photos & sell them to advertisers & you do not get any money for it.

Jim said...

Interesting comment Doomsheep.

Can you be more specific? Maybe you could point us to the wording in their a agreement that allows what you say?

Can you point us to a news article where the sale of user photos was reported?

I'll be doing some research and get back.

Meanwhile here's a recent new article about Facebook.

Jim said...

One of my fellow Facebook users posted the following on their wall:

Facebook is now able to use your name and photos in auto-generated ads to people on your friends list. You can opt out by following these steps: Log in to Facebook, and then go to Settings>Privacy Settings>News Feed and Wall>Facebook Ads (tab near top of page)>Set “Appearance in Facebook Ads” to “NO ONE”> click “Save Changes.”