Its been said that roughly two-thirds of Americans now use Facebook.


Its been said that roughly two-thirds of Americans now use Facebook.

In any given day, 200 million people are posting pictures, telling others where they are and what they are doing or what they wish they were doing.
It blows my mind. Even my parents have been seduced by social media. It changes things when I know my parents could read my wall and know what I am doing, where I am going, what I’m reading and what kind of day I’m having.

Shortly after they signed up, I fell silent on Facebook. I don’t want all of my friends seeing a post on my wall from my parents correcting my grammar or telling me that what they thought I posted was inappropriate.

I am sometimes surprised still when  I post something on Facebook and a friend I added way back when I first enlisted on Facebook comments on my wall. It reminds me that on Facebook, it’s a very small world.

In the world of social media, we can be known by the items we LIKE. And if you really like it, you can click SHARE and let all your friends like it too.
You can leave a COMMENT if you really want to say something about it, but if you don’t, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is how many LIKES a post gets and how many times it is reposted.

On March 30, our Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch Facebook page is changing formats. Currently, we are set up as a friend profile. Recently we were informed that it makes better business sense to have a business profile. Our Facebook pages are in the process of being redesigned to help us brand our page, highlight what matters, and manage everything in one place.

In my humble opinion, it really does look better. We have designed a “cover” for our page that highlights what Sleepy Eye is all about. Stories that have been posted to our website will automatically appear on our Facebook page. With one click on a link, you can be taken directly to the story on our newspaper website.

It gives our Facebook profile a much more professional appearance and allows us to better inform our readers. We hope you enjoy our new page and we urge you to LIKE it. You can find us on Facebook at Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch.

Occasionally, as I have worked on the redesign, readers have found our new page and already posted a LIKE. If you come across our new page from time to time from now until March 30, please don’t hesitate to LIKE it.

In other social media news:?recently there was a news article from the Associated Press that some companies and government agencies across the nation are asking potential future employees during the job interview to hand over login information to Facebook to have a look around.
Questions have been raised about the legality of this practice. Two U.S. senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law.

While this practice has alarmed job seekers and privacy advocates, legality of it remains murky.

Last Friday Facebook warned employers not to ask job applicants for their passwords to the site so they can poke around on their profiles. The company threatened legal action against applications that violate its long-standing policy against sharing passwords.

Personal information such as gender, race, religion and age are often displayed on a Facebook profile. These are all details that are protected by federal employment laws, the article said.

“We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” Facebook said in a released statement. “While we do not have any immediate plans to take legal action against any specific employers, we look forward to engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders, to help better safeguard the privacy of our users.”?

According to an Associated Press article released Sunday, Maryland and Illinois are considering bills that would bar public agencies for asking for this information.

What do you think?

Is it fair for prospective employers to ask for this information? Are there things on your Facebook page you wouldn’t want an employer to see??
Tell me your thoughts. Log-in to Facebook to leave your comments on our page.