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October 18, 2019
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While on Facebook you never face a book” – by Abida Rahmani

What is in a name?  you may call a rose by any name because in Facebook you never face a book rather it has taken away the book from your face.

Facebook is a phenomenon , a trend and a requirement in today’s cyber world. What kind of requirement? it is not a requirement that you can not survive with out it or can not manage your daily life.

Most of the computer literates has made it a point to get in touch with their friends, family, acquaintances and fans through Facebook, still their are many who are scared or cautious to use this website.

It has enveloped & coiled the whole world like a serpent.

You can get in touch with your friends all around the globe in just one single page, chat with them, exchange pictures, chuckles, share songs, videos, messages, missions, events & ideas on just one single page. You can even promote your products and give your ads.

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There are a dozen similar sites, myspace, Digg, stumbleupon, Reddit, LinkedIn etc but no comparison to Facebook and  now the messages are coming along on Twitter, our small sentences are tweeting side by side.

This whole social networking phenomenon has millions & billions of users on its site. It is the biggest social networking site where one can get in touch with the click of the mouse to all his online friends.

You have to be watchful for not sharing a handful of your personal details that you should never say if you don’t want criminals — cyber or otherwise – you should be careful about  providing too much private details – Even President Obama warned people to be careful about their pictures and this warning is especially for ladies because of the predators and evil minded people.

A precaution is must, watch your steps what are you doing especially in social media.

I myself like to share my personal pictures or information with my close net circle, on Facebook many things go public instead of doing all your privacy control.

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We make friends knowingly or unknowingly. The posting we do, the updates we provide, show all the details of  our day to day activities, in a way your whole circle knows what new is up or what are you up to do.

Some times it is embarrassing to know that all about you is known by all on your link. You feel like advertising it to the public and that sitting quiet or idle on Facebook is just nonsense, click on the likes of your friends postings if you are  not doing any postings right now, comment on their pictures & posts.

Some of my FB friends though keeping quiet would inform me.”Oh yeah, I know where you are and what is going on ?.”

It is a good tool for FBI and other secret services to check your records through FB. Some of the records are revealed when the crime is done, the murder or the suicide is committed. Then they will look into their profile to investigate the details. The records are checked and criminals are nabbed some times before the crime is committed. While other times some con artist is nabbed just for over smartness.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg  with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris HughesThe Web site’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.

It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and eventually to anyone aged 13 and over.

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Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile.

Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organised by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorise their friends into lists such as “People From Work” or “Close Friends”.

Mark kicked off his two partners and became CEO of Facebook and Time magazine’s Person of the year in 2011 when he was only 26 years old. Wearing his hoodie jacket which is  his trade mark (like the sweat shirt of Steve jobs in which he was seen in all his presentations), with  his sparkling face and shining eyes when he sends a message on my profile.

I’m so enthralled to see him, while he is sending this to thousand and millions at the same time. His headquarters was at Palo Alto California.

In early 2011, Facebook announced plans to move to its new headquarters, the former Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, California .

Facebook has affected the social life and activity of people in various ways. Especially with its availability on many mobile devices and smart phones. Traveling on a delta flight found a free WiFi available in the air for Facebook.

The entire print media, YouTube & other video networks are linked to Facebook. With a click of a mouse you can add it up to your profile, from there one is able to share it with the whole group.

Facebook allows users to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet. It can also unite people with common interests and/or beliefs through groups and other pages, and has been known to reunite lost family members and friends. One such reunion was between John Watson and the daughter he had been seeking for 20 years.

They met after Watson found her Facebook profile Another father-daughter reunion was between Tony Macnauton and Frances Simpson, who had not seen each other for nearly 48 years.

Some argue that Facebook is beneficial to one’s social life because they can continuously stay in contact with their friends and relatives, while others say that it can cause increased antisocial tendencies because people are not directly communicating with each other.It is so much common in families and the family rooms that three or four people sitting their, holding their laptops, tablets or phone screens and busy on FB or other networks while the TV is running on. A lot is now said & preached about disconnection to get on some family time & chat.

Some studies have named Facebook as a source of problems in relationships. Several news stories have suggested that using Facebook causes divorce and infidelity, but the claims have been questioned and refuted by other commentators. Yet we can say that it is addictive and you wish to get in touch and be on it from time to time. New relations are formed while divorces are occurred. Like every other networking it depends on a person’s own discipline and self control. Last year a 13 months old  baby drowned while the mother was hooked up on Facebook.

About Pakistan almost every one with a computer has a Facebook account. I have about half of my family and friends sitting there, chatting and exchanging views.

Learned from a friend  about a person whose wife has died and the man was in total loss and grief. A close friend while consoling him asked,” can I help you with any thing, do you need any thing ?”  “Yes  bring me my laptop, I would like to update my status.”

Their are so many people with fake identities. A girl with a profile picture and friend with a couple of other friends was with me for the last 3 years.The other day she informed me that if you do not mind I would like to tell you that actually I am a boy. I told her that it does not matter with me, you should consider properly in which gender you are satisfied and pleased.

Facebook keep on changing and updating from 2008 when I started using it. Now it has a “Timeline’ showing all the posts in the time frame you have posted on it. It will make collage of your posted pictures, a summary of your year in status, a lot of games, mafia wars, translations and a lot more…

Now it depends on us are we just wasting our times or making some good & useful out of it…