Facebook was founded in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates. It was probably founded in their dorm room since I doubt there are many garages on the Harvard campus. Why I am telling you this? You’ve probably already seen the movie.
I haven’t yet seen the movie, but I’ve finally gone onto facebook.com and set up an account. Before I did so, I took the time to read all the privacy information and learned how I can control what is on my Facebook site. This was a good thing. The security geeks that I‘ve worked with for so many years worried (and continue to worry) about how easy it was for hackers to get personally-identifiable information (PII) from Facebook pages. Turns out I didn’t have to put too much PII in at all, and I don’t have to display any of it – even to my “friends.”
And friends – wow! The algorithms that Zuckerberg and company created are just amazing. I had found 19 friends in the half-hour it took me to set up my profile! As of today, I have 74. In contrast, it took me weeks to get 16 followers on Twitter.
I didn’t even have to consult the kids. My daughter signed up right away to be my Facebook friend. I don’t expect to hear from my son, though. What self-respecting 25 year old man wants his mother as a Facebook friend?
This could be scary time consuming. In fact, one of my new “friends” warned me not to become obsessed. I’ll do my best.