Monday, February 23, 2009

Put Facebook in your life!

Barbara Fernandez
February 19, 2009

Are you connected enough with your friends? Are you on Facebook? If not, What are you waiting for?

There are many ways to communicate with your friends, but nowadays one of the most common ways is something called “Facebook”. Facebook is a website which was created by Mark Zuckerberg, an American student from Harvard University. At only 23 years old, he became one of the richest people in the world, by creating this popular website in 2004. At the beginning Facebook was created only in English, but then it was also translated into Spanish and other languages. The reason Facebook was in English was because of its creator, and because it became something international. There are many websites on the Internet, but the reality is that almost eight out of ten people could know what Facebook is, and almost seven out of ten could use it. An interesting thing in this issue is that Facebook users do not care too much about their privacy. Everybody who uses Facebook knows that all the information that they upload on Facebook is not a secret, even do they select who can see it. Facebook gives us the possibility to select our own friends and the information that we want to share; also people who have the authorization to see whatever they want about you. But the reality is that all this information is being kept some place. Another interesting thing is that Facebook is not only useful to talk to your friends; you can also play games, compete against people in this kind of games, and create invitations… It could also be good for our apprenticeship, because first of all people could improve or learn English speaking with people from other countries, and they could also learn more culture from these people.

Facebook has many things considered good innovations. Three of them could be that people can have free and easy contact with their friends, people can know each other better than in other ways, and it is also good for business if they want to promote something.

The first one could be that people can maintain their contact with their friends, in an easy and free way. In fact, according to the article “Facebook is more popular than student email” (2008), students prefer to have contact with their friends by text messaging and Facebook rather than using email. It could be because of its popularity that this website is spreading in through almost the whole world, and also because of the varieties and facilities that it gives to communicate with. And related with communication, one of the best things that Facebook has is that people can look for friendship that they had in the past, and recover the friendship.

The second reason Facebook is fantastic is because people can know each other very well, because there is very much information of each one online. People can see pictures, comments that other people make, birthday dates, personal details, and others. So because of the amount of information, and according to Gladkova (2009), “Facebook reflects the connections between social networks and our real lives”, by exposing any kind of information and details that people do.

Finally, Facebook could be good in a different ambiance. According to the article “11 business benefits of using Facebook applications” (2007), Facebook has some benefits in the business environment. Companies can try to promote and to show some kind of articles or goods on offer by trying to catch the attention of people. It could be an easy way to get costumers and to do good marketing because the popularity of this website.

So because of this revolution, people can have contact with their friends, people can know each other better, and it is also a good opportunity for companies to promote their products.

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Facebook is more popular than student email. (2008, February 29). The student leader blog. Retrieved on February 18, 2009, from

Gladkova, S. (2009, January 4). Generation gap on facebook:good or bad?. Profy. Retrieved on February 18, 2009, from