If you have an inbox, chances are by now you’ve been invited by someone to join Facebook and/or hook up as their friend on Facebook. And me, I can’t get enough of it! I and many of my friends are giving it a lot of love at the moment. And why not? There’s no better way to dig up (stalk?) old friends, and there’s a lot of toys (sorry, third-party applications) to play with as well.
I first heard about Facebook through a brother of mine who pestered me to get onto it. He graduated from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), which now, as it turns out, has its own Facebook dedicated server. Which makes sense, since it was first conceived for schools and universities as a way for alumni to keep/stay in touch.
But what of the whole work/non-work tension? Lee Hopkins writes about the dilemma of having a personal profile potentially (and embarrassingly?) available to your professional network as well as your non-professional circles. What if you’re going for a respectable job at a respectable company, and your potential boss finds you on your Facebook page as a beer-swilling hoon who’s into Primus, photographing road-kill and collecting traffic signs?
But hold on folks: I don’t think we need all this paranoia. Anyone who spends a few minutes on Facebook looking at a few pages will see the following: loads of photos of smiling people at parties, people on holiday, and pictures of their kids (and sorry you young ‘uns… more and more grown-ups are getting onto Facebook now, get used to it). There’s loads of ‘wall’ messages with friends saying hi and how are you.
It’s all very very normal.
I say be yourself; anyone you’re out to impress by being someone other than yourself is going to see the Real You eventually, aren’t they?