OK, so there's no denying that Facebook security has been a pretty hot topic of late. It was only in April that the big man himself, Facebook's founder and chief exec, Mark Zuckerberg, was called upon to explain the ins-and-outs of Facebook privacy policies and what not to members of Congress.
And it was a pretty big deal. We can't deny it. There's a whopping 2.19 billion Facebook users in the world, putting their trust into and their lives onto the social media platform. It's a bit scary when random companies are able to gather bits of info from our profiles, quite easily. Good ol'Mark also got his hands slapped over Facebook's own data-mining. In English? Tracking what we do, cookies, and all that.
Sharing stuff on Facebook
So yes, a bit worrying for Zuckerberg. Defo. For us? Well, is it really? I mean, the scandal was pretty much slapped across every news platform, across the world. Despite this, I have to admit, I paid most attention to the Zuckerberg Interrogation Bad Lip Reading short that did the rounds. Comedy gold.
Facebook sharing is something that definitely divides the crowd. And it’s not just about whether or not we should share, it’s about what we share too. We all know the rules about relationship overshares, food pics and all that. There’s an unspoken Facebook code, and we all adhere to it. Most of us, anyway.
Making memories online
Yet, should we be more cautious? If companies can get hold of our data, surely they can get hold of all the good stuff we share too? Pics of our children, our pets, our nights out on the town? My own mum absolutely hates me sharing photos online. And, while I still do it, I can understand where she's coming from.
That being said, I have control over my Facebook account. I treat it as a daily journal, in which I scrapbook images of my life, my girls, the things I love, so that I can look back on them whenever I please, year after year. For me it is an online source for storing my most precious and, often forgotten, day-to-day memories.
Once upon a time, we may well have had shelves filled with photo albums and video tapes. Now, I upload these videos to my private, protected Facebook account, to keep forever.
What's more, what a quick and convenient way to keep friends and family updated with how the girls are doing! You know, what awards they've received at school, their latest half-term adventure, extra-curricular milestones… and so on. It’s perfect.
A final word on Facey-B
We may well live in times when Internet security and data privacy are prevalent issues. But take some control back. We’re moving forwards too. The Internet is no longer the future. It’s now.
Just check those privacy settings and share away. I can’t wait to see what your children and fur-babies have been up to!