Random Thoughts on Facebook, part one
For a long time, I stayed away from Facebook due to paranoia about privacy. Eventually I arrived at the conclusion that the privacy measures are strong enough that I shouldn't be that worried, and that the benefits of Facebook outweigh the drawbacks. So I finally signed up a few months ago with the goal of networking in mind. If I ever need a job some time in the future, I'll have a large list of contacts at my fingertips, people who I'd otherwise lose touch with.
Many people use Facebook for social reasons; this is only of secondary concern to me. For such people, Facebook's purpose seems to be to post pictures of themselves with high status friends in trendy urban establishments. The goal is to raise their own status in the process. In fact, I think that's the only reason some of these wannabe Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians actually go out: not to drink or socialize or find romance, but rather so they can post the pics on Facebook.
In contrast, I'm at the age at which most of my friends are starting to have kids. They love Facebook because they can post pictures of their kids and all their friends can ooh and ahh about them. Some even form "Moms clubs" to designate their parenthood and friendship. So most of my daily Facebook content is seeing pictures of my friends' babies in various outfits like Superman or Tarzan and high-five poses with periodic updates on their milestones.