I'm still on FAcebook - I keep my "privacy" settings to a minimum compatible with being actually useful, and I always open it in an incognito window - that takes care of other members abusing me and hopefully of hackers - but it's FB itself and the targeted advertising you should be wary of.
I have never had anything to do with Facebook.
I do not currently have anything to do with Facebook.
I have no intention of having anything to do with Facebook in the foreseeable future.
Same here Loren!
I'm another non-Facebook person by choice. Their persistent pattern of launching new, intrusive features and "opting people in" to them by default (such as face recognition to find and tag you in others' photos) is perhaps acceptable to Mark Zuckerberg, who supposedly has no use for privacy, but it's not acceptable to me.
Personally, I want nothing to do with facebook! It is in your face no matter where you go & frankly I'm damn sick of seeing it on my personal pc & my cell phone. It feels to me as if it's some galloping parasite which needs to consume every living breathing person on earth! You can't even look at some pages without joining it & for me that's too bossy. I don't need to stay in touch with people badly enough to join my lot with it & don't feel I 'must' join anything to get along.
I have to admit, I love Facebook. It's gotten me back in touch with old friends and I've even made new ones. I do hate their privacy policies, but I do my best to protect myself (if that means anything these days). I definitely understand those who do not join (my brother is one), but for me, it's brought far more positive things into my life than negative, so I stick with them.
Plus, what else am I supposed to do when I'm alone at home, drunk on a Wednesday night? ;)
Here's another one, this time from The Onion.
There's also the irony, on Digg this was accompanied by a button to "post on Facebook".
Unfortunately, this cuts very close to the truth: the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites.
DHS Monitoring Of Social Media Under Scrutiny By Lawmakers (HuffPost Politics)
Lawmakers looking into homeland security officials' practice of monitoring social media sites seized on a report Thursday by a civil liberties group that said taxpayers have shelled out more than $11 million to a private contractor to analyze online comments that "reflect adversely" on the federal government....
Privacy tussle brews over social media monitoring (ComputerWorld)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and other agencies contend that social media monitoring is a vital part of their efforts to keep abreast of events that that could pose threats to national security and public safety.
Privacy advocates maintain that unfettered social media monitoring by the government will chill free speech and intrude upon privacy and civil rights.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and other groups have noted that that at least some of the information harvested from social media sites by some government agencies has little to do with public safety goals.
Several lawmakers today expressed similar concerns ....
It turns out there's an A/N discussion about this: Big Brother is Watching You! (in Water Cooler)
Yeah I figured that