People sign up to facebook for a number of reasons, but the one I most often hear is a variation on a theme of, “my friends told me it would be a good way of staying in touch”. This is true. The social networking site, Facebook, is a phenomenal tool for getting and staying in touch with friends near and far. However it is also a potential time waster that can ensnare all but the most disciplined in an endless round of “friending”, “poking”, commenting, “liking”, uploading and all sorts of activities that, in my humble opinion, are weak shadows of what real friendship is.
Thanks to Facebook we have a new verb, “to friend”, but what does having 500 faces in your list really mean? Serial mono-friendist? Insecure but appears popular? I think Facebook has a great a time-limited usefulness and in this article I propose an approach that will make the best use of it without getting hooked, wasting time, or compromising your online privacy.