How open are you on facebook?

February 6, 2009

As someone working in the marketing industry, I’m probably intrigued by facebook a bit more than others. Or at least, in different ways.  I think it’s so interesting (and let’s face it, slightly awkward) that there is a social network that so easily brings together your personal and professional life, your school years and adult life, and (nearly) complete strangers and close friends and family.

With the facebook community growing at rapid speed, I often find myself wondering what in the world some people are thinking?  Sure, it can be a great tool for connecting with old friends and bonding with people who share common interests, but there are some people that in my opinion, take the “sharing” thing a bit too far.  Don’t they care that for the most part, everyone can see their status updates, photos, wall posts and now, 25 random things

The New York Times recently ran an article on the “25 Random Things” phenomenom and I got a kick out of this MSNBC story about 25 Random things about Facebook. Helen A.S. Popkin does a good job summing up some of these quirks about facebook.  I agree that a wall post probably isn’t the best way to express sympathy to a friend or weigh the pros and cons of a job change.  And, since when do you need to rank your friends? Finally, keep in mind that when you “play Jackpot Slot Machines for a chance to win prizes” or “reach level 2 in Tycoon Football” at 10:35 a.m. on a Tuesday (yes, time stamps are included with your activity), your boss probably will realize you’ve got some time on your hands.

Have you shared your 25 random things yet?  If you’re not quite ready to reveal a full 25 random things about yourself, feel free to share one or two here at the Peepshow.