Happy Tenth Birthday, Facebook

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 4th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3o0og_c2/
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Facebook turns ten years old this week. Learn about some of the pros and cons of this site along with some tips on how to use it properly

A Milestone For Facebook


Facebook celebrates a big milestone this week. This popular social media site turns ten years old on Feb. 4. Some one billion people use the site, making it one of the most popular destinations on the worldwide Web.
Facebook has come a long way since it was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room. Back then, it was open only to Harvard students. Then, it spread to other campuses. Then, it went public. Today, Zuckerberg is one of the wealthiest people in the world because so many of us can't start the day without checking our Facebook news feed, according to USA Today.
Here is an overview of Facebook's history and the many changes and upgrades it has experienced over the past decade:

The Pros of Using Facebook


Facebook is a great way to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch with friends and relatives who may live far away. I've found old high school friends on Facebook, and they have found me.
One of my sisters-in-law lives several states away from me. She had a baby boy in late December and announced the news on Facebook. She has been posting a lot of pictures of the little boy. We are able to see him through the pictures without having to travel far. They are coming up for a visit next month, by the way.
Facebook is a great way to wish somebody a happy birthday. You can send a quick greeting on Facebook. You don't have to worry if your birthday card got lost in the mail or if you forgot your friend was even having a birthday today. Facebook reminds you.
Another aspect of Facebook I love is the ability to promote articles online. Facebook can help you get your articles read by more people. Every online writer should use it.
Facebook can also help business owners promote their business. They can find new customers online. It helps a lot of businesses grow.

The Cons of Using Facebook


Facebook does have its downside, too. It can be addicting. Some people check their phones every few minutes in case they missed an update on Facebook. Some people can't tear themselves away from the site.
Facebook can waste time, too. How many of us have planned to write an article for Wikinut or some other site only to first check Facebook for "just a minute"? The next thing you know, an hour or more has gone by. You are still scrolling down the Facebook news feed and haven't written one single word on your article.
Facebook can be dangerous, too. I've seen people post things such as" Off to Florida tomorrow." Then, they post a photo of every single moment of their vacation. They could come home to find their house was robbed. Most people have no idea of the digital trail they leave behind and how easy it is to track them down.
Facebook can ruin careers, if it's used improperly. Many young people have lost out on a good job because the human resources employee found Facebook pictures of them posing with a can of beer. Some teachers have been fired for this.

Rules For Using Facebook


Here are some rules for using Facebook.
First, keep it positive. Don't use Facebook to criticize, complain or attack somebody else. Nobody wins in an online war. If you wouldn't say it to somebody's face, don't say it online.
Second, don't post too much. One of my friends seems to live every single minute of her life on Facebook. She can literally have hundreds of posts a day. Nobody has the time to read all these posts. Don't post more than five updates per day.
Third, don't post every detail of your life online. Nobody cares if you ate scrambled eggs or oatmeal for breakfast.
Fourth, don't get too personal. Please spare us the details of the latest fight with your boyfriend, how bad your menstrual cramps are today or how you spent the night running to the bathroom during an attack of the flu.
Fifth, guard your privacy. Don't tell people when you're leaving on vacation. Don't post your street address in your profile. Don't announce that you just got a huge raise at work, won the lottery or are buying an expensive car.
Even if you have adjusted your privacy settings so only your friends can see your posts, you could still endanger yourself. How do you know that all of your friends have adjusted their privacy settings? Anybody could find out your vacation plans from reading one of your friend's posts.
Stay safe and keep using Facebook. Happy birthday, Facebook; and here's to many more birthdays for you.

Attribution


This article used some information from USA Today
The video came from YouTube.
I took the first picture myself.
The second picture came from Morguefile.
This article was based on a short one I did for Bubblews.

The advice is based on my own observations of people using and sometimes misusing Facebook.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Feb 2014 (#)

I have never spent much time on Facebook although I may spend more time there now that our ministry hasa Facebook page.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for the information and useful tips for its use. A good article for all Internet users.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Jerry. It is a fun site to visit.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, GV Rama Rao. I hope it's helpful to people.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting article fill with a lot facts, thank you my dear Connie for the heads up!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Good article - hard to believe it's only ten years.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Feb 2014 (#)

What an interesting piece indeed Connie...many thanks

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Connie I am not much for face-book...but great article and information...thank you..

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author avatar Connie McKinney
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Fern, Kingwell, Carolina and Delicia. I was surprised to find out Facebook has been around for 10 years. Time flies.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Wow! My son is 10 1/2, and I was thinking I was using FB when I was pregnant with him. (I guess not!) Probably then I was emailing voraciously.
Good lessons for the newbie: I chose not to hire an artist for my children's book because when I looked her up on FB (to see art samples), her entire page was about partying and drinking and had foul language related to those activities. Over 20 posts in a row dedicated to behavior not fitting for someone wanting to be involved with a book for young children!!
I'll be sharing this one to my FB page -- and Twitter as well. Thanks!

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author avatar joyalariwo
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Wow it seems like yesterday facebook started, interesting article as always Conny.... sharing

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Good article Connie, you have covered from all angles. I am not much into Facebook - siva

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author avatar Mariah
5th Feb 2014 (#)

You are spot on with the advice on Facebook Connie..I've got an account but never log into it now..just gets too time consuming.
Great post

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Phyl, joyalariwo, Siva and Mariah. Phyl, Facebook helped you to avoid hiring an illustrator with a questionable background. It can be helpful.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Very interesting article ~ Connie. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks so much, Helen.

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author avatar Nadine May
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Nice article about Facebook. As an author it’s a great way to promote my books. From a publishers point of view we now have used Facebook in a way we never have done before. Since the 2 major book chain shops that have not paid us for the last 4 months ( some are outstanding bills for over a year!) for the first time in 13 years we have publicly announced on their Facebook that they do not pay their book suppliers. We have never resorted to this negative action. One supplier responded immediately and we hope the result will be positive. The other just deleted our post.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Nadine. I hope you can get that problem cleared up soon.

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author avatar Carol
14th Feb 2014 (#)

What a sensible post, and so true Connie, facebook has its uses, but we must not become addicted to it.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting article!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell.

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Feb 2014 (#)

A deserving Star. Thank you Connie.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, vpaulose.

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