i did sign up and made an id, with a made up screen name of course, to check it out. of course, after a few attempts at names, i got a warning from the site stating that they require that you use your real name. why? what the hell do they care what their users put up online? once in, i found it strange that people i know, people who work in my daughter's school, my kid's friends' parents, people i have worked for, people i went to school with, all have pages with their real names and pictures. isn't that dangerous?
this article seems to sum up why i'm disenchanted with the idea of social networking pages that reflect my own real life self. operative quote, "...she felt as if she stalked them, spending hours a day looking at their pages without actually saying hello." when i'm interested in what a person is reading or listening to, i ask them. when i don't care to speak to them, isn't how they spend their leisure time none of my business? shouldn't we actually be interacting with one another to share ideas, rather than try to typify them on a web site? (particularly when everything you post on "your" page becomes facebook's property, including pictures of yourself.)
there are all the very valid privacy concerns, but in reality i hate facebook for what it is. the aclu made a facebook quiz to illustrate one way that facebook uses your information.
anyway, since it was brought up i thought i'd share.
i hope the fad dies, because it's a truly shitty site.