This is fascinating to me. Undoubtedly there are many, many people who would not touch Facebook with barge poles of varying lengths but I wonder if any of those people REALLY know why they feel like that?
If you join Facebook, the following facts are true:
1. You do not have to list ANY information about yourself that you do not want to.
2. You choose who to have as contacts (friends) - nobody forces anyone upon you.
3. Nobody other than the people you have as friends can see what you put on there, unless you are commenting on one of your friend's posts and then only that person's friends can see it.
4. You do not have to put on Facebook any photographs unless you wish to do so.
So, gentlemen, explain what you have against it.
Since you ask, Barry, here's my way of seeing it: in ten, maybe twenty years, it will be a SIGNIFICANT advantage to have a Facebook-free CV, whether you apply for a new job or, especially, for a public posiion. Maybe not that important for old folks, like "us", but I would STRONGLY recommend younger people to stay away from "Faecebook"!
The following facts are undoubtedly true, also:
1. One of the most important functions of the human mind is the ability to forget. Facebook NEVER forgets a single thing!
2. The more contacts you have, the more you WILL lose control over what you reveal, and to whom - that is true in "real" life as well as in the virtual world. Facebook encourages you to maximise your number of contacts, it's their business model.
3. I know it's fiction, but if you've watched the movie "The Social Network", you may have noticed how the actors keep telling the audience "We don't know what it is yet, or what it will be. We only know it's cool..." Yeah, right. Hard-nosed businessmen invest hundreds of millions in a company that's just "cool", without any regard for the potential power and influence emanating from the fact that Facebook stores EVERYTHING that's ever been posted by billions of users FOREVER on their hard drives. You don't need the imagination of a Nobel Prize winner to think of scenarios where bits and pieces of this information could be useful to certain persons, and how much these people would be prepared to pay for that info. A sound business model, and investors are still forming a queue!
4. You chose your "friends" who can see your content for free; Facebook choses who can see your content by paying for it - and keeps the money!
5. If you think you can remain anonymous on Facebook, look up the word "naive" in a dictionary and see a picture of your mug next to it.