Facebook’s Privacy Dilemma, It’s Pretty Sobering

facebookscreensMany of you have heard about the Facebook story involving Cambridge Analytica and user data being mined for political use. So many things you do on the site are being stored for research and some of it is being used to manipulate behaviors and opinion. You can search for more on this story for further details.

Now as a user of Facebook I am concerned about this. They aren’t taking user privacy seriously. Now is Facebook too big to fail in this situation, no…no they aren’t. Bigger websites have fallen over the years. The average user probably doesn’t care but those who do care might find themselves moving away.

No social network is immune from data mining because there are hackers out there who will find out anything for a price. Just think about what sort of information is being transmitted everyday across the World Wide Web. Your web searches show up on websites you visit because they are looking at your cookies. Very sophisticated technologies are being used to sell and influence people. Of course there is a lot of money to be made and they are doing it search by search and click by click.

The Internet has changed the world and revolutionized how we connect and do business in our lives. We all have to be vigilant in what we share with others. So my friends how are you who are on Facebook going to react. I think we all have much to think about as it comes to Facebook’s dilemma.

Mark Zuckerberg you gotta get your company in control lest it all goes away.

Something About Online Living

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAIMAAAAJGY4NTIzYTIyLTlhNjUtNDljZS05YjZiLTFmNjkwZTJjN2MzOAIt seems so many people are living their lives online without stepping away to live it in reality. The lure of a virtual life is so much more appealing than that of a real existence. We find people who can’t differentiate what is artificial and what is actual.

When you un-friend someone on social media it could be interpreted as un-friending in the real world which is not the case but the two seem to have linkage in the hearts and minds of many.

People are emboldened to do and say things on social platforms that they might not say to your face. That in itself can cause many problems and can end friendships and family connections. You have to decide if it’s all worth it.

Everything is amplified online and there is no way to translate full meaning in text or words without possibly offending someone. Freedom of expression is a great thing but with it comes great care and responsibility. You have to know who you are conversing with and not everyone will get what you are saying could be humorous or even serious.

Your online life is to enhance your real world life not the other way around. Although for me I am always looking for things to blog about and to be inspired by what happens to me in daily living.

My friends it’s a very good thing to get out and get off-line for a bit. Get some fresh air, go to a coffee-house and meet friends face-to-face. Engage in conversations over a meal. If you have a porch invite your friends over for real face time. The social network has existed for years before computers or social networking. It will give you a lot of great ideas to post about.

Living online should be done in a measured way. Living off-line is where the action and adventure lies. Having the world at your fingertips does not replace having the world outside your door.

Thanks Facebook For Letting Me Know About Unfriending


I got this on my Facebook recently.  After un-friending someone they seem to make you want to feel guilty for doing so. You can un-follow, meaning you won’t see their posts but you remain friends which I have done a lot lately. However you just need to disconnect from someone for your own reasons. I think Facebook has been a hotbed and a petri dish for political and religious discussion which is not always friendly. Passions run red hot there and sometimes disconnecting is what is best for relationships and online enjoyment. It is sad when you have to end a online connection but there are plenty more to make out there.

Facebook Break Update

keep-calm-fbI am into day 3 of my Facebook break and it seems to be going well. When you have multiple gadgets you have to log out of Facebook on each of them which can be a pain. The only thing I am connected to there is FB Messenger which I do use to PM friends who I don’t have other ways of doing so.

To tell you the truth, I am not missing it as much as I thought I might. As far as online connections WordPress.com, Twitter, Instagram and to a much lesser extent Tumblr. There are other things that will keep me busy. Facebook can be a bit of a time suck and I am realizing that now. Yes I am tempted to go back, who wouldn’t be. After this election season everyone needs a break. I think keeping out of it is a good thing for personal reasons. We shall see how long it lasts. My goal is one day at a time with a thought of going back on maybe after Thanksgiving.

Less Is Better In a Social World

social-networkingToday I created an exclusive friends list of people on Facebook I feel share my values and beliefs. Sometimes wide spread posts can create a hostile environment even among friends who really feel its necessary to assert in a heavy handed way their own agenda. Less is better in some cases. Sometimes you don’t want to have to defend your opinion with others, you just want affirmation. Social media can be a very great platform of expression and sharing, sometimes it can be a place that tears your soul apart. To make it a better place for me I shrunk my circle and I hope to be happier for it. Now this is in no way to slight others who differ from me but I just wanna be myself less filtered. You get what I am saying.