[f_minor] Facebook

Houpt, Fred fred.houpt at rbc.com
Tue Jul 13 13:25:59 EDT 2010

Honestly folks, this venting of spleens about Facebook takes me back to
the same sort of reactions to when Yahoo was the only site on the net
that had chat rooms.  Shock!!! Horrors!  What people were saying and
doing, ogling each other in various forms of revealed and hidden
identities.  It was all so silly and fun or repulsive and boring
depending on who you were and what you were looking for.
Facebook has it's strengths and weaknesses just like all human
communication conduits.  You gotta check it out first to find out if it
recommends itself to you. For those of us who have tracked down old
school chums and long lost other friends, it has been a wonderful site.
I have friends who are visiting other countries and it is nice to read
their blog like reports to us on their list.  I enjoy it as well because
I can keep track of what my kids are saying; in a way, it is a window
into their lives that as their dad I want to know about.  I enjoy
posting things that interest me and enjoying the interests of my friends
in ways that are more interactive than emails.  I have been on for more
than a year and have had exactly one intrusive stranger log me onto
their site as their friend.  When I looked closely they were not a real
person but a "bot" that represented a company selling products. I
manually disengaged myself from them and reported it as abuse.  
I have no inclination to go on Twitter or any other sites other than
emails, of which at work I send and receive so many per week that any
more is a labor I am selective about indulging.
All the best


From: f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org
[mailto:f_minor-bounces at glenngould.org] On Behalf Of RubatoM at aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:49 PM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Facebook

I have been quite reluctant to join Facebook.  It seems to be geared to
children or adolescents.  However, many people, including my elderly
husband, enjoy it.  One of our friends from Key West, however, had her
information picked up by a scam artist.  This criminal wrote to us
saying that he was our friend, asking for help with an emergency and
needing several thousand dollars to get out of a dingerous country.  We
were sceptical, of course, checked it out with the KW police and found
our friend to be completely safe at home.

This may be a rare occurance, but another reason I have stayed away from
this "service".  I am also a former teacher and I would prefer not to be
found by many of  my former students, several of whom are serving long
prison sentences.


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