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  • Kathryn Patterson

To FB or Not To FB, That is the Question...


Pros for Staying at Facebook:

  1. My lovely friends and family - I have a LOT of friends and family on Facebook, mostly people who I want to keep in touch with, but who I would not be connected to otherwise.

  2. My Blog - Facebook allows me to publicize my blog and (hopefully) the novel I'll be publishing next year.

  3. My Writing - Covered in my blog.

  4. We Grok - I started a small company where I help people with social media.  I think I need to stay on Facebook if I want to sound and be authentic.

  5. Cobb County School District Unofficial Community Page - I started this page for residents in Cobb County to discuss the school district.  I love reading people's different opinions and views on local topics.

Cons for Staying at Facebook:

  1. Security - Facebook sucks at security in general.  No, they are not the worst company in history, nor are they the best when it comes to keeping their users' information private.  

  2. Changing notifications - Facebook keeps changing notifications on a random basis.  I dislike the random nature of the changes the most, because I never know when a change occurred until I discover that someone sent me a message that I never received.

  3. Snitches - Facebook did an "experiment" for a few months where they asked people to verify the real names of their friends.  

  4. More Snitches - People have been using Facebook to "tattle" on their friends in real life.  I realize that Facebook cannot control this behavior, but I still find it repulsive.

  5. TMI - This acronym stands for "too much information", and sometimes that's how I feel about Facebook.  

  6. Trolls, Trolls, and more Trolls - I find more trolls on Facebook that anywhere else.  If you don't agree with my opinion, either learn to say so nicely or just keep your mouth shut.Laid out like this, I realize that I will stay on Facebook, regardless of the security problems, TMI, and trolls. It all boils down to the people in my life.  I have too many family members who use Facebook, too many high school and university friends, and too many people I know in Marietta to let the cons keep me away.  Of course, if everyone wants to move to Google Plus, I'd be willing to friend you there. :-)

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