Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thank You Facebook

Greetings Cosmic Americans!

Not a Civil War post's Super Bowl Sunday anyway - so I am sure people are thinking about football and not the Civil War. I would like to make just a few comments about my favorite social media website: Facebook. There is a lot of hullabaloo these days concerning Facebook and public trading - but the main issue is (and probably will remain) privacy. One of the principle concerns is the now all-too-familiar practice of selling your personal data to advertisers. That means pictures, profile updates, information, and all the rest. Some of you might even be genuinely upset by this. RELAX.

My friends. Facebook provides a platform for you to connect with old friends and make new friends. It has allowed Cosmic America to reach thousands of people - potentially hundreds of thousands or even millions. And they provide this platform for no charge. So from where I sit, if the company wants to increase their revenue by selling my profile updates to advertisers who are trying to figure out what kind of toothpaste I should use then they have my blessings. I mean really - did you think the good people at Facebook create web platforms out of the kindness of their hearts? Sheesh.

Here are a few words of wisdom to those who might be in a fury over Facebook's policies. If you have something to say or a photograph that is so sensitive that "breaches" of privacy could cause you anxiety...DON'T POST IT ON FACEBOOK. Better yet, delete your account. There are lots of ways to communicate with your friends - like the US Mail. Now that's an efficient service (snicker).

And one last thing - if you ever plan on running for an elected office. You might reconsider that profile picture of you sitting on the toilet eating a sandwich.

Enjoy the game!


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