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Facebook can be a fun place for meeting amazing folks, we see different parts of the world, applaud the heroes that we might otherwise never hear about, in fact, our current auction is hosted there, and we are happy to do so, but, and its a big BUT people are beginning to feel pressurised and intimidated by Facebook.

Facebook works wonders for small rescues, but it has relentlessly removed the lovingly crafted and lively social profiles of many an anipal. So we have paused for thought and want to reflect a moment.

On the down side, Facebook’s willingness to hide the posts of friends, and simply confuse people by making changes and not explaining the implications, thoroughly and simply, is souring the experience for many. It is left to technical bloggers who patrol the borders of honesty and integrity – we rely on blogs and publications outside Facebook for the honesty they themselves should present.

One way to take back control of your internet from FB is ignore the very large and prominent ‘Log In Using Facebook‘ button that is often the oh so easiest thing to see on the screen when entering another site. It may be easier but it means Facebook has access to your data while you browse within a site, not necessarily a good thing – right?

  • Make the effort, value your privacy. Log in to sites using a password – you can keep it in a post-it note by the machine – hackers don’t look over your shoulder after all!
  • Enjoy Facebook and meeting friends just remember they are not a free service they are a business.
  • Keep an open mind on Facebook rumours. Some are just mischief tactics, others are genuinely interesting. Read critically, don’t just accept what is written – the written word can move us to anger or tears – be aware.
  • Value the friendships you make on Facebook enough to keep in touch via other social media sites.

Silver Kitten
Technical Editor
Silver

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9 Comments

  1. jansfunnyfarm

    July 13, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Good advice. I won’t use the Login w/ FB buttons for that same reason.
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  2. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    July 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

    This is very good advice, Silver! You may want to use the other web sites long after Facebook goes the way of Myspace and Orkut, so it’s best to have separate logins for each one. Don’t feed the Facebook beast more than necessary!
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  3. Caren Gittleman

    July 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

    that is SUPER good advice!
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  4. Random Felines

    July 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    we use it to keep in touch, but not primary info. and mom hate the ‘log on with facebook’ feature.
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  5. Brian

    June 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Facebook is really starting to get on my last nerve.
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  6. The Island Cats

    June 30, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for this info. The mom tries not to use the Log in Using Facebook for that reason, Silver.
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  7. Nerissa's Life

    June 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I have to admit that I was pretty darned upset when I was thrown in Facebook Jail for THREE WHOLE DAYS. I ‘think’ I figured out what I did but I had to figure it out on my own ’cause the powers-that-be at Facebook never told me. Never even gave me a hint. Rude.

    I think they keep quiet ’bout the rules so that they can change ’em whenever they want.

    Purrs,
    Nissy
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  8. The Swiss Cats

    June 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    We’re very touchy about privacy in Europe, and that is very good advices (and simple to apply !) Purrs
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  9. Sparkle

    June 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wise words, Silver!
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