Hey let me get your Facebook!
By: Geovanny Sandoval
If you haven’t heard that line yet, then you’re probably a little behind on the activity fad trend. That line is being used more then your usual “What’s your phone number?” or “Hi, my name is so and so nice to meet you.” This is because 1/3 people are using Facebook more then once a day in America and 1.11 billion combine in the world according to Times magazine. Hard numbers to grasp when there are over 240 billion photos uploaded to Facebook and raising by the day.
My friends and I catch our self-thinking that I just invited someone I barely meet into my life profile of vast amounts of information. Now imagine developers that create the websites application that you never seen or meet in your life have access to your life. Pretty mind blowing if you ask me, knowing someone is technically watching you as you progress in life. I look at it as why do we still need high school reunions if we’ve been following each other for twenty years through out social media websites.
So what’s Facebook doing about it? Well according to Facebook’s policy “Once the information is the hands of a third-party server, we cannot do anything about it.” The majority of these developers use our information to provide us with ads based on our age, gender and our likes on Facebook. It kind makes you feel sketchy in the inside think maybe could us our information to misuse.
If developers are using your information to their advantage then so are employers when you go in for a new job. According to Carolyn Elefant “A recent study suggests that in fact, many employers are taking advantage of the treasure trove of information that social networking sites provide.” Indeed they would have to use social media sites to examine candidates when it comes to getting a competitive position.
All in all I close my blog saying when you receive this line “Hey let me get your Facebook.” Step back for a minute and think twice about it.