Thursday, November 20, 2008

Facebook follies

I admit it. I'm addicted to Facebook. I haven't been a member for long, but rarely does a few hours go by without me changing my status or looking at what new and interesting things my "friends" have posted.

Today, a colleague at work posted a story about some teachers in Charlotte who apparently were addicted and outright careless with their addiction. Not only did they post totally inappropriate comments and photos, but they had public pages that could be viewed by anyone and they identified themselves as employees of the schools by joining the district's network.

Now, social networking is here to stay, whether we choose to embrace it our not. But I have to think that stories like this aren't going to help more companies embrace it. What those folks have to remember is that common sense should be used no matter what medium you choose for communicating. And unfortunately, some of us were born with more of it than others.

To my friends who haven't ventured into Facebook-land, don't be discouraged. Just remember, if it's something that you wouldn't be comfortable with your Mom or kids reading ... don't write it, post it or send it. Simple as that.


  1. Couldn't agree more, my friend. I fought Facebook like crazy at first, but now I'm able to keep up with people in a way I never could before...and fritter time away, of course. ;) Keep writing, Ladybug!

  2. I still have not gotten into Facebook. I just don't get it. And why in the world would you put something so damaging on the internet? As teachers, they are suppose to be setting examples. Didn't they realize that some of their students may use Facebook also?