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1 researchok  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:13:31am

I suspect Google will want to buy Facebook now.

2 shutdown  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:20:55am

I shut down my FB account once a year for a few months. Did so again a few weeks ago and probably will not reactivate it.

3 Political Atheist  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:24:42am

Screw these guys. I do not need Facebook for work or to communicate with friends or family. I suppose our tweets will be next, along with any and all blog participation that is “open”. Heh, my Pages!

4 theheat  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:26:34am

I had to open a FB account to make links to have access to the URLS and code for some of my peeps’ FB accounts, but never took it any further than opening the account. The instant - the millisecond - I opened the account, I was deluged with “here are some people you might know” and “friend me” requests. Just a little too resourceful and intimate for my tastes. I felt like a party crasher with the hot lights on me from day one.

I ended up removing any references to personal information whatsoever, because I didn’t like the feeling of being virtually stalked. Plus, I know my politics and interests are deal-killers in my business, and I saw FB more as a liability than an asset. I’m not compelled to inform people of every move I make during the day, so I really haven’t utilized FB in the ways most people do. Frankly, it’s the same reason I don’t tweet. I’m not a social networking person.

For a person who spends most of their work day online, I have to admit I don’t see being a very active FB account simply because I want some corners of my life more or less off limits, or just less available.

5 theheat  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:39:35am

re: #3 Rightwingconspirator

That’s the thing. Business is business and personal is personal. But in this age of instant information, those lines are no longer distinct, and it can really come back to bite you in the ass depending on who has your information and what agenda they might have.

I test, email, and call my friends and family. There’s no reason to share anything online beyond what I do for business, and that includes photos, music, politics - what have you.

6 theheat  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 8:39:58am

PIMF - I text, not test.

7 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:35:04pm

So now it’s a legal part of a professional background check. Though this is something employers have been doing for many years now, the seven year FB archive seems to be something new.

8 CuriousLurker  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 1:13:57pm

re: #4 theheat

The first time I got really creeped out by FB was when I’d been googling Spanish language web sites to see what sorts of styles & color schemes were popular. Upon going back to FB later in the day I was asked if I wanted to have things translated into Spanish. I was like, “W? T? F?” My usage slowed wayyyy down after that and I took to killing all FB cookies & sessions upon exiting when I did visit.

Companies already know sooo much about us through our buying habits and online activities.I remember being sobered by this article about How Visa Predicts Divorce. I love reading books on my iPad via kindle, but I’m a little unsettled every time I remember that some anonymous computer somewhere is keeping tabs on what books I read, what I highlight, make notes on, search for, etc. and I have no control over who accesses that info or what they do with it.

I find Twitter a lot easier to deal with and mostly just use it for keeping an eye on news & retweeting stuff. I figure most people aren’t interested in what I had for lunch.

9 CuriousLurker  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 1:21:10pm

re: #7 Slumbering Behemoth

So now it’s a legal part of a professional background check. Though this is something employers have been doing for many years now, the seven year FB archive seems to be something new.

That’s the thing, someone (Obdi?) pointed out in the thread where I announced this page that it gives people doing the hiring the ability to get info about you that they couldn’t otherwise legally ask you for in an interview. Of course, I assume they can still tell quite a bit about you through a non-FB background check, but still. I rankles, y’know? It’s stalkerish and I don’t like it on principle.

Anyway, I just requested that my account be permanently deleted, so in 14 days that should be the end of that.

//Except for whatever they have archived in the servers in their data center.

10 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 2:10:58pm

re: #9 CuriousLurker

I think the only thing that changes here is the legal seven year archive for FB. Prior to this, employers would simply “google” your name on the internet and do their own digging. It’s something that they’ve been doing for years, and one of the many reasons I keep my internet footprint as small as possible.

11 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 2:15:10pm

For instance, I have a friend that’s always trying to get me into using MySpace. My standard response is “Why? I’m not looking for a job right now”.

The idea being that the only reason I would join one of those social networking sites would be for the sole purpose of creating an image that compliments my resume.

12 CuriousLurker  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 2:33:08pm

re: #10 Slumbering Behemoth

I think the only thing that changes here is the legal seven year archive for FB. Prior to this, employers would simply “google” your name on the internet and do their own digging. It’s something that they’ve been doing for years, and one of the many reasons I keep my internet footprint as small as possible.

QFT

re: #11 Slumbering Behemoth

For instance, I have a friend that’s always trying to get me into using MySpace. My standard response is “Why? I’m not looking for a job right now”.

The idea being that the only reason I would join one of those social networking sites would be for the sole purpose of creating an image that compliments my resume.

You’re a pretty smart guy. That a good approach.

MySpace, e gad. Now there’s a social network I didn’t last long on. I joined it about, what, maybe 4 years ago? 5? I lasted a week. Lots of creepy jihadi wannabee types there (at that time anyway). I was having a smackdown with one of them within a matter of days, then decided it was best to just get the hell away from there as I don’t need the extra agita, heh.

13 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 2:44:45pm

Makes me long for the pre internet days when private stuff you did was pretty easy to keep private.

14 theheat  Tue, Jun 21, 2011 3:21:27pm

re: #11 Slumbering Behemoth
I suppose you could use it to pad your resume. Mine would go something like…

Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT… NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY… NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I’m qualified?

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