Facebook? Who’s Facebook?

You might not want to risk asking such questions these days, because you will certainly get the “oh my god” or “I fell feel pity for you” look.

Just to make it clear, Facebook is a global social networking website which was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college rommates, while they were studying at Harvard University. The project grew fast and they gradually expanded it to other universities, then to any university student and finally being available to any person that is over 13 years old (where do you know this from?).

Facebook has now more than 300 million active users and is recently growing a lot in popularity among those around the age of 35, according to statistics made public by Facebook (insert link if you say they are public).

This has turned into a true phenomenon which is said to have a strong influence on our behavior and the present society (who says so?). Facebook has raised a lot of controversy in the last few years as it has  been blocked intermittently in several countries including Syria, China, Vietnam and Iran, as it was said to have promoted attacks on authorities and also because for example in Iran oposition movements were being organized on the website (split sentence. too long!). It has also been banned at many places of work to discourage employees from wasting time using the service (and you know this from?).

You can often see that among some of the users there is a constant hunger for adding more friends, for seeing more pictures of unfamiliar faces and so on. And sometimes you see yourself in a situation when you have to deal with the “facebook efect”- defined by the urban dictionary as a moment of confusion, when you think you know someone from somewhere and you eventually discover that you are friends on Facebook.

Moreover, among your so-called “friends” you sometimes add your parents, your teachers, your boss, turning Facebook into a very complicated instrument of communication, as you always have to adapt your message to the content, without forgetting who is watching you.

And sometimes people do forget and embarrassing moments emerge or even worst, others take benefit of it. And Such as the case of a woman that lost her insurance benefits after posting some pictures on the internet. She had been diagnosed with major depression and was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits until she posted pictures on Facebook that supposedly indicated she was no longer depressed and ready to return to work. Other examples are there to search for.

Also Facebook is not to be considered as the place where you can lie about your identity. There have been cases when Facebook banned people for not using their real name or something very similar to their real name as it is stated in the terms of agreement, which few of us read : “If you select a username for your account we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user’s actual name).” Also there have been stories when people were banned for using a fake birth date or for having too many friends (it appears that the maximum is 5000).

If we were to amuse ourselves about the mistakes people make when surfing the internet   and moreover when they use Facebook I would recommend articles covering the most embarrassing moments on Facebook, just to keep in mind how situations can get mixed up, sometimes causing nothing more than innocent laughter and sometimes affecting our lives in a more deep and serious way.

What’s your point? What’s your conclusion of this article? What’s your message?