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.
P.S. Get on over and explore our growing list of auction treasure – shameless plug * grins *