Facebook-free at 4 months

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s been four months since I pulled the plug on the Facebook account I opened years ago. Honestly, I do miss it … sometimes. I miss the posts from out-of-town friends and relatives. I miss updates from […]

Home Office on Facebook

It’s no secret that I’ve been conflicted about Facebook for years. The dilemma, in a nutshell: How can I avoid annoying my family/close friends with work-related status updates? And how can I avoid “over-sharing” personal or family updates with my colleagues and students? In other words, the way I see it, the same people who […]

Facebook: Why I’m back

When we change the way we communicate, we change society.” — Clay Shirky My husband was the first to deliver the happy news: Two of our son’s best friends from high school had announced their wedding engagements on Facebook last week — within a few short days of each other. As the family reporter, I’m […]

More Facebook?

Facebook’s initial public offering of stock is likely to make a lot of developers and designers of the site very wealthy. But for many users, frequent Facebooking may not be so beneficial.” — Stephanie Pappas The Facebook debates are heating up this week, thanks, in part, to the announcement that Mark Zuckerberg filed an IPO […]

Why I quit Facebook

I’m a Facebook friend of Bob Dylan, which probably means I have a deeply meaningful relationship with his publicist.” — Daniel A. Farber* UPDATE: The following essay was syndicated by BlogHer last week.  So far, the post has earned over 22,000 “reads” on the BlogHer site. Click here to read the comments. Maybe I hit […]

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