Facebook Is What You Make It

Some people say they don't like Facebook. Half of those who say they don't like Facebook have never tried it. The other half who say they don't like Facebook tried it but looked at it in a negative way. I believe those who say they don't like Facebook are those who don't know what Facebook is all about, and they haven't taken the time to learn whether they like it or not.

I treat Facebook the same way I treat water and fire. How's that?

We need water to cook with, to bathe with, to drink and even to have fun with in pools and beaches. So water is good in those instances. However, if we drink too much water or don't drink enough water, we will die. So water can be good, and water can be bad for us. It depends on how we use water.

We need fire to cook with and to warm us. In those instances, fire is a necessity for our good. However, too much or fire can kill us and destroy our homes and land. So fire can be good and fire can be bad. It depends on how fire is used.

This is the way it is with Facebook. Facebook is an excellent device for those who know how to use it responsibly. Like water and fire, Facebook CAN be helpful. Like water and fire, Facebook CAN be harmful.

For me, Facebook is helpful; not harmful.

For many people including me, Facebook has become an integral part of daily life. Facebook is a great tool for communicating and social networking. Although Facebook isn't face-to-face communication, it is viewed as such because it is a way to express real feelings and can be taken as seriously as face to face interactions. Additionally, you can make Facebook as public and as private as you want it to be.

Facebook is the leading social network today. Almost everyone who connects to the Internet has a Facebook account. We are living in a virtual world where people from all walks of life gather to mingle and chat with family, friends, classmates, and colleagues from all over the world.

FACEBOOK PROS:

  1. You can connect with old friends and family.
  2. You can make new friends.
  3. You can connect with people all over the world.
  4. You always have someone to talk to.
  5. Facebook is a good networking medium.
  6. People like me can teach and share valuable information with millions of people at the same time. The information is archived for future reference.
  7. A person with a Facebook account can keep in touch with people far away by sending one message. Everyone will get the same message, and if they get the message distorted, you can always go back and see it in writing.
  8. Facebook sends notifications of all your friends' birthdays. You save money on cards because you can send one message to up to six (6) people at one time by typing @ and begin to type the name and when the name comes up, click on it. All six will be tagged. Not only will they get a birthday wish from you, but they will know who their birthmates are.
  9. You can compete with people all over the world with your favorite game. Bejeweled Blitz is my all time favorite. Coming in second is Family Feud and then Mahjong.
  10. You can keep all your photos and videos in one place as well as sharing them with far away family members and friends.
  11. You can send private messages.
  12. You can upload notes. Notes are longer than updating your status and saying what's on your mind.
  13. Facebook saves you time and money on telephone calls and letter writing.
  14. You know what your friends are doing, and they know what you are doing; that is, you tell them as much as you want them to know.
  15. Aside from being a social network, Facebook has become a preferred option for small businesses and large companies to advertise their products and services by creating a fan page.

FACEBOOK CONS:

  1. People tag you in pictures you would rather not be tagged in. Just because you use discretion on your profile page doesn't mean your friends will, so it's important to monitor your Facebook pictures and un-tag any that look like they could cause problems.
  2. Everybody seems to be an expert on something they know nothing about. They write a scripture and moments later on the same page, they are cursing out their mother.
  3. People interrupt you to chat when you are doing serious work. No offense to anyone, but I have turned off my chat feature. If I have to stop to chat with over 1500 of my friends, I would get very little work done.

MY PERSONAL FACEBOOK PET PEEVES

  1. A generic avatar for a profile picture. Not having uploaded a real picture doesen't motivate me to connect with those "picture-less" people..
  2. People not having their own profile picture. A baby, a flower, or a sunset might be beautiful, but I prefer connecting with you; not your baby, not your flower, not your sports team. I want to communicate with YOU and not a child or symbol.
  3. People telling me what they ate or will eat.
  4. People saying "No comment" to a post. Would not commenting mean "No comment."
  5. People using my thread to talk to someone else about something that has nothing to do with my subject.
  6. People responding with something so far off the subject that it makes no sense at all.
  7. People who never respond, but when you see them in person they can tell you more about your thread than you can.
  8. People sending me applications and sites to join. If they were really my friend, they would know I am not interested in Mafia Wars or Farmville. To avoid having all those applications show up on my wall, I block those unwanted applications. Sorry, friends if you are still sending them. They can't get through.
  9. Profanity of any kind does not belong on my wall. That's a sure way to be de-friended.
  10. People adding me to groups without my permission.
  11. People sending me chain letters.

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I love Facebook! I have only one fault against it . . . Someone else was creative enough to design it. I wish I had done so! Follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/margaretminnicks

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Comments 27 comments

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I liked your pros/cons for this. Although I use my grandchildren's photos instead of my own pic on there so I would rank as your pet peeve. But I do like bejeweled, it is one of my favs. :)


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FaithDream, I am usually at the top of my leader board on Bejeweled Blitz. I love it, but I have been doing more writing recently than playing the game.


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cceerpp 5 years ago from Ghana

This is an excellent post. I shall share it on Facebook. Thanks.

Godwin

PS: Voted Up and Beautiful.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

wow , really beautiful hub.


Faye 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing, love your pros/cons.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

cceerpp,ImChemist and Faye, thank you so much for reading and responding. Feel free to post on your Facebook wall if you like.


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imnotmissing 5 years ago from New Mexico

great post


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

imnotmissing, thanks for reading and responding. I'm guessing you have a Facebook account.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

This is a very nice summation of FaceBook. I like it. I have reconnected with a multitude of old friends. I do not accept any of that nonsense, Farmville et al. I go on once a day to see what's happening and that is the extent of my daily interaction there.


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Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

Great hub!

I maybe guilty of one of your peeves,I change my profile pic often with all kinds of stuff including pics of me.

Welcome to hubpages!

Voted up!


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

James and Rastamermaid: Thanks for reading my article about Facebook. I enjoy it very much, and I enjoyed writing the article about it.


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carolapple 5 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

My husband and I both initially signed up for Facebook a couple years ago to monitor our teenaged son. But we quickly became immersed in it and have enjoyed it. We were both able to connect with long lost friends we had lost touch with - he from the Army and I from high school and college. I do know some people who are too suspicious about the privacy issues to participate in Facebook, and I agree that you need to be cautious and know your privacy options.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

carolapple, thanks for sharing your experience with Facebook. Also, thanks for reading my article about my love for Facebook.


Tara 5 years ago

This is a great article. I think that many people dislike Facebook because of the younger people who utilize it. It was interesting to learn that many teenagers believe that Facebook was made specifically for them. Sorry I made your pet peeve list. I talk about food occasionally, hoping to engage the cooks to talk about best recipes or practices.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tara, that's OK for making my pet peeve list. Tonight I had to privately e-mail two people to tell them that I was deleting their comments because they had taken over my thread talking between themselves about things not related to my thread. So that is definitely one of my serious pet peeves.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

I enjoyed this hub, revmjm. I'm on facebook, but I find it something of a mystery. I drove two hours one-way one time (four hours for the round trip) so my 23-year-old niece could try to clue me in. I understand more now, but I've never figured out what makes it SO popular. I go there a couple of times a week. If I remember.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Betty, the next time you need to know something about Facebook, please call me and I will talk you through some things. I use it to teach, share messages around the world, advertise and a whole lot of things that I wouldn't be able to do if I didn't have a Facebook account. And it's all free. I love it and spend a lot of time on it. So send me an e-mail and I'll give you my telephone number and I'll help you learn the techniques of Facebook when you are ready.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I agree with you facebook can be good or bad depending on what you use it for and how much of your time it consumes. I have found it tremendously useful to contact people for ministry issues we have at church. messaging them is super instant and easy.

your cons I agree with as well. I keep my chat function off because I generally don't have time to chat online.

Your peeves agreed as well. I block most app invites. I don't play any of the games or surveys.

It has been a great way to stay in contact with people I would not have otherwise.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tamarajo, great! It seems like we are on the same page when it comes to Facebook. Thanks for reading and responding.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wonderful Hub!! As a facebook I agree with your what you have written here. I have contacted people that I have lost contact with for 30 years. I used to use MSN to chat to people but now I just use facebook. I really enjoy it.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Just Ask Susan: Wonderful! I am glad you are finding Facebook useful. I certainly do!


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

Great hub! I could really relate with your pet peeves! Pet Peeve number 7 is one that I have experienced and was most irritated by.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tracy Lynn Conway, thanks for reading and responding.


SubRon7 5 years ago

Great hub, Revmjm, and I certainly agree with your pet peeves, especially the one about not posting a pic of "you". Thanks much!


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

SubRon7, thanks for reading and responding especially about my pet peeves on Facebook.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

revmjm, I've had a FB account for a couple of years now. It's a great way to keep up with my family members who live out of state. For example, day before yesterday, my sister who lives in Louisiana posted that she had broken her arm while gardening. I was able to learn the exact time it happened and even knew when she was on her way to the hospital emergency room. I felt as though I was with her through the entire ordeal.Afterwards, she posted a picture of her arm in a cast. This is one of the reasons I use and appreciate Facebook. I can completely understand your personal pet peeves, I feel the same. You did an excellent job in your description of Facebook. I enjoyed the read. Voted up and awesome.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Becky, you were able to find out about your sister in record breaking time. I hope she is on the mend. Thanks for reading and responding to my defense of Facebook article.

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