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Caught in the Facebook Web

Posted Apr 07 2010 4:06pm
Does anyone know why my spell check doesn't work ?  Sorry for any mistakes in advance. When I'm tired I'm not so good at proofreading..

In a previous post I mentioned that I had  gone on a hike during the Easter holiday. I posted a picture of myself at Buttermilk Falls.

Today I went into work and had  a couple of people say "I saw you on D***'s Facebook page!!
I was stunned. I had no clue what they were talking about. Turns out my friend  had posted  the same picture of me, that I have on my blog. This is a recent friend, not a long time one. She doesn't seem to understand why I 'm unhappy about this and I'm disappointed that she doesn't get it. I'm also disappointed that I thought I could be friends with a person who shares a common interest only to find out  that it isn't so.

It would have been nice if she had at least asked me if it was OK to use my photo.   Everybody knows I don't care for Facebook. I agree with another friend that Facebook is like perpetual highschool. Supposedly my friend had over 150 friends on Facebook. Well, they aren't my friends.  Yes, I used the photo on my blog, but it was a picture of me, not somebody else. I never post photos of people on my blog  unless I have permission from  them. I think that is just common courtesy and respect for their privacy. Not everyone wants to be a part of the social networking scene, especially when you have no clue who all is in that network.

Can a person really have 150 friends? Or is it that I'm such an old fogey that I don't get the whole Facebook  thing? That perhaps calling someone a friend means something different than what I think it means.

And maybe I'm kidding myself to think that there is any such thing as privacy anymore. I have a blog that anyone who cares to, can read. I have given out my address to hundreds of people through  my postcard hobby. They could be on Google maps right now, watching my house and I don't even know.

Still, I think it would be nice if a person would ask me first if they can use my picture.


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