I am a Facebook member and for the most part it has allowed me to reconnect with many old friends and even a few relatives that I haven’t seen in years.
It is a wonderful place to go and see what is happening in the lives of those people.
One friend that I had not seen in over 20 years and I have reconnected.
It is great to see what is going on in his life. Since I last saw him, he has married a wonderful lady and from his Facebook pages that I have seen, he is living a great life.
I had wondered about him on occasion and what he was doing. Facebook gave us a chance to “catch up” on each other in a way that otherwise would not have been possible.
I have other such stories as well. All total I am Facebook friends with 30-40 people that I could say almost exactly the same thing about reconnecting.
Most of the time, as I browse through my Facebook friends, I have a few good chuckles and enjoy the pictures.
With that said, let me shift gears and talk about the other side of Facebook.
A recent news story concerning a person who was posting pictures of young girls and writing offensive comments bothers me.
It bothers me for two reasons.
The first reason is obvious. It is wrong to say such things and post those pictures.
The second takes a little more explaining.
What most people don’t seem to understand is that Facebook is public. What you write or post (pictures) is now out on the Internet forever if someone is willing to look for it, as the news story pointed out.
That is dangerous to say the least.
So be very careful what you say or post as it could show up somewhere else.
There is one more issue that I have seen on Facebook.
It has opened up a whole new world for people to express their opinions.
That is not a bad thing within itself.
People have that right in this country, but at the same time they need to understand that they could be held accountable for what they have said.
To lash out at someone could have some very adverse affects. One of course would be a libel lawsuit.
Facebook is also a place in which a lot of misinformation flows, especially when it involves political issues.
Before you get too upset over something you have read, check it out first.
I have, and most of the time I find the information posted to be wrong or tainted on both sides of the issues.
The problem with “facts” is that most of the time they lean one way or the other.
You can go to http://www.technorms.com/ and search for “fact checking” websites. Their recommended sites seem to be pretty neutral.
For me, the good still outweighs the bad and it is a shame that some can make it difficult for the rest of us.