Many Ways Facebook Can Be Used Against You

The Power of Facebook

More than one billion people use Facebook. Simple mathematics yields that almost one out of every 7 people use Facebook, that means Facebook is quite a populated community. Facebook is fun, it is a good way to stay connected and it helps in numerous social causes as well, owing to the freedom it provides.

But the Downside of It...

But, just like any other thing in the world, Facebook has its downside as well. The freedom that this site provides could be used to sabotage someone on personal and professional levels. The power of Facebook is immense and it is overlooked by the majority of people. It is not merely a platform for socializing, but a great sink of personal data.

Some Ways Facebook Could be Used Against You

1. There are many fake accounts on Facebook. Some reports claim that there are as many as 83 million fake accounts on Facebook. These accounts are sometimes used just for fun. But many times, these fake accounts are used for harassing innocent people. Harassing women is quite common on Facebook. Women are sometimes exploited by using their personal data and photos.

2. Sometimes, harassment on Facebook involves more than one person.  Corporate cyber stalking is the process when a company harasses an individual or a group of people harass a company. This kind of tormenting is generally done with an agenda in mind. The interests could be ideological, social or material gains!

3. These days Facebook is flooded with Confession Communities of different institutions. These pages ensure anonymity for the confessor but they could be used to provoke individuals as well.

4. People sometimes become extremely casual on Facebook. Posting explicit images and statuses on Facebook or saying illegal stuff can cause serious detrimental effects on your professional image. The content could be used to sabotage you in the workplace.

5. The Facebook content could be used in legal cases. No matter what privacy settings you adhere to, the court could legally access almost your each and every activity to get to the bottom of the story.

These instances prove that Facebook could be quite lethal in some cases, and can easily be used against you. Be warned!

I also recommend you read Top things you should never do on Facebook when in relationship.

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The Late Facebook User Accounts

Facebook has over 1 billion users. It is the largest online social media and one of the biggest databases of information. Everyday new people join in and the growth graph is ascending. But what happens of the Facebook users who have left the world altogether? What becomes of their Facebook accounts? You must have thought of that when somebody you know passed away!

Facebook Profiles of the Deceased

Facebook has more than 30 million profiles of deceased users. Their profiles are as alive as if the users still exist. Many times, the profile of the user is flooded with obituaries and notes of remembrance. If you think of it, the social media profile is a documentation of a person's life. It chronicles events of great importance and it even celebrates small wonders of life. Some people say that they want to keep up the profile of their dead friend as a source of remembering them and their life and achievements.

Facebook provides memorializing services for such accounts. To get it done, a friend or a family member of the late person needs to request Facebook to memorialize the account of a certain person. Facebook requires a written proof of death. Once the formalities are done, the account goes into memorialized state. This means that the interaction is now limited, the account could not be logged into, however it still exists so that the friends of the late person could pay their respects. The phone numbers and other sensitive details are hidden. The person doesn't appear in Search Results anymore and the non-friends cannot view the profile.

The late Facebook user accounts feel haunting these days because we are not used to it and there are not as many dead accounts. But after a decade, memorial accounts will feel normal as there would be quite some late users; death on cyberspace will sound normal!

The time is near when people would declare and guide, in their wills, the relatives on how to take care of their cyber identity. The image and presence on internet certainly makes a difference to a person's persona and I believe that most of us would not like our online identity left in the hands of strangers!


Is Facebook Going to Live?

Facebook has taken over the world and every single person is found on the social network. One might suspect what would be the future of Facebook. Let's first see how Facebook has performed for all these years of its existence, and whether Facebook is going to live in the coming years?

The Early Years of Facebook

Launched in 2004, the network had local success. After some time, it was globalized and it was turned into serious business. The number of subscriptions was medium till 2008 but after that the graph of Facebook popularity has been soaring high. The growth has been exponential from 2008 till date.

The Amazing Power of Sharing

Facebook has proven to be the best medium of interaction. The power of sharing and creating groups is something that makes it utterly unique and none of the other popular social networks provide the users with the opportunity of creating such comprehensive and effective groups. Now, even when new social platforms are introduced, people don't really think of migrating to a new site as they have already established themselves and matured with Facebook. Moving to a new social media is just like moving out from a family home and into a totally alien place; nobody wants that!

The Ever Changing Network

Facebook has never been stagnant. It has evolved each day and new ideas and layouts are always being created. This is the biggest reason due to which people never get bored of it and are always interested in experiencing the new ways that Facebook offers. The text based chat, video chat, email, timeline, graph search; everything has been added to the design of the social network eventually. This innovation makes it lively. The team of Facebook puts a special focus on creating new ways of interaction. This will keep on happening, the platform will keep on evolving and it will never lose its users.

Facebook will Live!

Facebook has been one of the most dramatic phenomenons of the turn of century. It has turned into a multi billion dollar online business. Mark Zuckerberg is going to do everything in his power to save his asset from any possible threat. Facebook is going to live!

Issues and Concerns regarding Facebook Privacy

Facebook Privacy Issues

Since the Facebook is launched it is constantly under fire by its critics for its privacy policy issues. The dark clouds of ad sales and privacy concerns of users kept hovering over the company and nothing significant has been done so far in order to curb this situation.

A large number of its users don not trust the privacy policy of Facebook though its usage figures are increased up to more than 900 million users over the years. Out of the total users, 59 percent have shown dissatisfaction with the company's privacy policy.

The concern of most of the users is genuine as Facebook is hosting a lot of information about them. According to the Facebook stated policy, it maintains multiple activities of a single user such as, login details, machines used for login and location details etc. So, every user remains concerned about his privacy on the website. Most of such information is available on the timeline of each user and is readily accessible too.

And then there is data that Facebook collects without the user's knowledge, and none of them expect that Facebook would be recording their activity on internet. Such as, if we surf on internet and access data from websites with Facebook powered logins, our activity has been tracked.

Recent changes in Facebook privacy policy are also astonishing as they have also started to capture information about users when they are on websites that has Facebook like button or a widget. It doesn't matter whether you hit such features or not but Face book still keeps the record of your activity. And it maintains this data for a 90 days period.

While Facebook isn't using this information yet for making profits by offering its advertisements. The whole strategy they have made is to make the users to be monetized and frequently check them in order to increase its profit margins. But the US government raises its concern over the whole scenario and it is pressurizing Face book team to disclose all the information related to user's privacy to them.

Last year Facebook and Federal trade commission has signed an agreement in which Facebook team had admitted that it would disclose all the privacy details clearly to its users, and if doesn't fulfill the terms and conditions of the agreement then it would have to face heavy penalties.

Facebook is also facing a major hurdle in selling its mobile application and the ad sale strategy of Facebook is counted as poor by its clients. General Motors has recently announced that it is going to remove its ad from Facebook as they don't convey the message they intend to reach to the users of Facebook. According to then they have spent $10 million to display their product on Facebook, but it doesn't effect their profit margins instead Facebook has generated revenue up to $3.7 billion in 2011. In a poll conducted by AP-CNBC the fact has been revealed that Facebook users hardly hit the ads those are displayed on Facebook page. So, Facebook has to review its policies by keeping the best interest of stakeholder in mind in near future.

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