I first got on Facebook two years ago, supposedly for work. I created a more-or-less professional profile (using my work location) to see if this would be a way to communicate with students at my university.
It hasn’t been. I did have one student who added me as a friend after the children’s literature class I support finished that first summer. I recently had two of our student workers add me as a friend after they saw pictures of me with my temporary “Librarians Rule” tattoo on my back (visible through a keyhole back) during National Library Week. But that’s been it as far as students are concerned. I’ve had a few coworkers from the beginning and have added a few more, but usually only when they initiate the request.
However, more recently I’ve been using Facebook for more personal reasons. For one thing, it’s been a good way to communicate with my son, who has just finished his sophomore year in college and joined Facebook about the same time I did. Sometimes it’s the easiest way to get hold of him, especially when using the chat feature.
I’ve also found that a number of my old friends in the Seattle area (where I lived for 21 years, until 2006) are also on Facebook, originally to keep in touch with THEIR college-age kids. Now we find it’s a good way to keep in touch with each other. It’s also been the best way to keep in touch with some of my 23 cousins, and even an 82-year-old aunt!
I try to be very careful about what I post on Facebook. For one thing, I get tired of reading other peoples’ constant status updates of mundane activities. WHO CARES if you are eating lunch, getting coffee, watching TV, etc.? Gee, some people are so narcissistic! I also get tired of all the stupid quizzes people do and post. I do very few of those as I’m cautious about opening up my profile information to outside applications.
I am concerned about privacy and have implemented just about all of the advice discussed in these links.