Facebook is not a safe place to hang out

Just wanted to give everyone this article that came into my news feed today —
This article is proof positive why most of us have no business being on Facebook.   They own the rights to our lives and everything we put on there.


Facebook has gotten so open by allowing application developers to use whatever data they want to build software that exposes what other members are doing — for scores of curious people to find.       Though this is merely my opinion — get off of Facebook!  It is a disaster waiting to expose you, your family, hurt your career and hurt your children.     Aside from this recent development, my biggest rationale for this has always been — Facebook is a free service.  There is no customer service.  You have no recourse when things go bad.

Here are just a couple of alternatives to specific Facebook functions — which are much more accountable should things go wrong.

Job seeking / looking to professionally network?   — LinkedIn.com  —  their free option doesn’t get you anything — but the real LinkedIn is $25 to $50 a month.  You don’t have to be a member forever, though depending on your line of work you may need to be.

Photo backup / management / sharing? — Flickr.com  (a Yahoo company) — Free account has some pretty good features or $25 a year for a full featured account.   SmugMug.com  — $40 a year, catering to more serious amateur / professional photographers.

Want to delete that Facebook account?    Go to the help section once you’ve logged into your account.  In the search box, type  ‘permanently delete Facebook account’.     Follow all the prompts, you will have to enter your password once or twice.    As long as you don’t log back in for 14 days — your account will remain deleted.