I enjoy Twitter as its my therapist. I use to vent or rant and gossip about my guilty pleasures. I love to blog as I happen to love to write and as I am actually working on a book (or two) I find this a good way to clear cobwebs and gauge interest by seeing what clicks or not. Facebook for me is for kids or people who are utterly so anti social and isolated that they need to rely to online sources of information and conversation rather than actually walking outside and trying out that thing called the world.
As for Facebook and their claim that everyone is "real" think again. The article below clearly shows that for all that "realness" there are those who don't agree. And frankly the violation of privacy and ability to discriminate and extrapolate personal data to use for whatever purpose can truly bite one on the proverbial ass. I am not into making Mark Zuckerberg and company billionaires using my private information. Sorry but if its worth that much then I should get a cut of that action.
And for those who think Facebook is secure or private I want to point out the singular exception - legal. When I was taken to the hospital post accident and in a coma the Social Worker at Harborview scanned the internet and found my professional Facebook page and contacted 5 individuals from my "friends" to ask if they were or knew my next of kin. I had no idea who these 5 people were or are and the thought of strangers who simply "friended" my business page could or would have been able to come to the hospital and be assigned my medical power of attorney is terrifying. Unfortunately Harborview did actually find someone on my phone to do that. Yes that is right, they simple extracted a contact from my phone and assigned them my medical rights as I lay in full blown Anterograde Amnesia unaware of where I was or what happened to me. Comforting to know isn't it.
I am no fan of Facebook or what it means on many levels. I have personally seen children brought to tears and blows over the online bullying and don't think adults are any less exempt or mature. For all the supposed openess it brings, when it comes right down to it is just an online bulletin board for all to see and for a select group to exploit and make money from. Don't get it it all and I never will. Time will tell and frankly ask Friendster and MySpace if they thought they would last. They are in the internet graveyard with Netscape, AltaVista, etc....