As Facebook has continued to evolve over the past couple of years, more of the worlds population has decided to rid themselves of all free time, and begin to take on procrastination as a hobby. In other words, more people have Facebook. Originally intended for college students, Facebook has expanded it’s demographic to all ages. Children as young as 13 and even grand-parents are jumping on the bandwagon these days. But for most college-aged students these days, the second their mom decides to “facebook friend” them spells trouble. All of the sudden every comment you make, every picture you are tagged in and for the most part, every move you make on Facebook suddenly must hold strong under the question “What will mom think if she sees this?” and “could anything be worse?” and unfortunately yes kids, it sure does.
The whole concept of having parents using the same sites as their children raises several points, some good and some not so good. First of all, we’ve now reached an age in which technology reigns supreme over all age groups. Never before has everyone been so digitally connected no matter their race, age, or colour, Facebook seems to transcend the age barrier that has for so long created a division between young and old.
But does this fact have certain repercussions for some Facebook users? The horrors of having parents on Facebook watching your every move isn’t a desirable for most young adults, but they aren’t the only red flags that must be watched out for these days. With almost everyone nowadays aware of the benefits of Facebook; teachers, coworkers and even people’s bosses are present on the site, with access to your photos and status updates. Now however this has always been a problem, it has recently risen to the surface that the owners of Facebook, WERE infact giving our personal information to 3rd party viewers. The New York Times unveiled its information concerning the situation in an article on November 29th;
“ The order says that Facebook, which has more than 800 million users worldwide today, in some cases allowed advertisers to glean personally identifiable information when a Facebook user clicked on an advertisement on his or her Facebook page. The company has long maintained that it does not share personal data with advertisers.”
This only makes me wonder, how can Facebook survive? A Company that has pledged to undertake more efforts in the privitaization of Facebook now admitting that they’ve spread “gossip” world wide. Whats next? Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, went onto to explain how there were “a bunch of mistakes,” but said it had already fixed several of the issues cited by the commission. Thankfully there seems to be a light at the end of this Social Networking Nightmare, Facebook is now obliged to undergo an independent privacy audit every six months for the next 20 years, according to the terms of the settlement.
There have been countless stories of people getting the axe from their jobs over frustrated status updates about their bosses’ not so pleasant attitude. If fact, some employers have been known to scout out the pictures of potential employees on Facebook as method in deciding wether they would make a good employee or not. So next time you think about how horrified you are that your mom stumbled upon a photo of that sweet kegstand you did last Saturday, think about how you’d feel if it was on a billboard in Times Square for the whole world to see.
Think twice about what you post to the internet.
I’m begging you.