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Technology: Facebook Turns Ten
By Paisley Hibou
Facebook—the website that allows you to stalk people you don't like, people you used to date, and people you could've dated. The website that allows you to relive high school, whether you miss those days or are a masochist who forces a peek at embarrassing photos of your 17-year-old self every once in a while. This is the ultimate online experience in voyeurism, even more so than Chatroulette. At least on Chatroulette, people in theory control what you and cannot see. Yet even the most carefully groomed Facebook profile will fail its owner from time to time. Why on earth did your friends tag you in that party pic? Did you set those comments to private so your co-worker can't read them? Wow, nice. Your co-worker definitely read those comments because he just added to the thread.
And now Facebook, the place that has probably contributed more to your social happiness and misery than you care to admit, is ten years old.
As the ol' saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Maybe the saying should change to, if you want a friend in Washington, get a Facebook profile. The Facebook city page for “Washington, District of Columbia,”for instance, has 396,750 likes at the time of this posting. If you like the page, you can see everyone else who has liked the page, too. You can search for fans of this page by gender, relationship status, employer, current city, hometown, school, and other variables. Are you single? Are you trying to uncover the personalities at your potential workplace? See what your future boss might be like? Reconnect with alumni from the same alma mater? Facebook will recommend just the folks if you ask the right questions.
No matter where you live in D.C., Maryland, Virginia (or the world), you can learn a lot about your current or past social circles on Facebook. Should you wish to infiltrate a social circle, Facebook can help you find the inside knowledge you need to try and do that. These are definitely duh statements. But how often do you think about your unborn grandchildren checking you out on Facebook? These days, what you learn about Grandma and Grandpa and their youth comes from yearbooks, photo albums, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, and word of mouth. But perhaps one day, your grandkids will simply log onto Facebook to find out what you were really doing in Frederick, Maryland on February 7, 2014.
Forget about keeping Facebook safe from Mom. Keep it safe from your spawn. Chances are Facebook's going to last another 10 years and perhaps even longer than that.
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