By DON BARNES
A person would have to be from somewhere out of this world to not know about the Internet “social network” called Facebook and for some readers who may not know here is a little information.
Facebook, was founded in February of 2004 by some Harvard college students with a young man named Mark Zuckerberg leading the way and developing it until now there are over 800 million people registered on Facebook. Over half of the population of America is now on Facebook.
It is by far the most popular social network out of hundreds of them which have come into existence over the past few years.
These social networks have been responsible for protests in Europe and even affected politics in the USA.
Like anything else, there are some good things about Facebook and the other social networks, and, there are some bad elements associated with them. Facebook, has helped a lot of people find lost relatives and friends including yours truly. I located an old Navy buddy that I had not see in forty-years.
I typed his name into the Facebook search window and as luck would have it, his son answered my inquiry and was sad to inform me that my old buddy, his father had died in a motorcycle wreck three years ago. But, he sent me photos of his dad and we have maintained contact. In addition, recently a relative whom I had not seen in many years located me on Facebook, contacted me and we have been communicating with each other ever since.. Most of my immediate family are registered as Facebook users and I now have approximately 3,000 “friends” that communicate with each other daily on my Facebook “wall” where we can post messages to each other and post photos etc.
One can tell when friends are on Facebook and if so desired may “chat” with them privately.
Facebook and E-Mails are fast taking over the means of communicating with friends and loved ones from the U.S. Postal Services. That’s one reason why the post office is operating in the red, losing more business every day. I’ve enjoyed watching people from all over the United States who are from this area get on there and message back and forth with old high school friends and relatives who still live here.
There have been a lot of glad reunions thanks to Facebook a lot of folks, like yours truly, would be at a loss without Facebook now. So, my friends, if you don’t have a computer and are not on the internet, you are missing out on a lot of good “instant contact” with old friends and relatives.
People can post photos in their personal photo albums on Facebook. And, there are “privacy settings” that you can utilize to limit whom you want to see your photos and pertinent information.
So, there are a lot of good things associated with using Facebook and the other new means for communicating with others.
Now, I’ve basically covered the capabilities of individuals using the Facebook “social network” for those readers of this who may not exactly be “into computers” or have any idea about these things.
But, now, let’s look at some of the “potentially harmful” things that could possibly be realized.
Over the years we have all heard about the possbility of “Big Brother”, the government being able to track every move we make, and, to know everything about us. That possibility was never more real than now, with the development of computer technology and these new mediums for posting information about us and our families.
In fact, if one does not want the world to know about their activites and useful information about them, they are wise NOT to post such information on these social networks. Because there is no doubt that there are a lot of people now who are geniuses when it comes to computers and they know how to track ever keystroke you make on your computer keyboard, every photo you post on your pages, whom you are communicating with, your likes and dislikes and an unlimited wealth of information about you and your family.
So, in summary, there are a lot of good things about Fecebook and the internet, but, a good rule of thumb is; if you don’t want the world to know about it , don’t post it on Facebook or the “net”.
No matter what happens in this world remember our motto: “In God We Trust”.
You may contact Don Barnes at P.O. Box 602 Poteau, OK 74953, by email to [email protected] or at www.Facebook.com/DonBarnes