Originally Posted by growing_older
Since I am a dog, I much prefer to be somewhat anonymous online. I don't see how to do that with Facebook. If I have an account and share it with my family and coworkers, they all become somewhat aware of my activities. If I then share it with my drinking buddies, those activities become somewhat visible as well. Imagine if I am trying to maintain a reputation as a top dog in my field but also trying to maintain at least cordial contact with fringe elements. It isn't long before both factions see me as contaminated by my contacts, and the whole house of cards falls down. Or at least it seems that way to me, as if the playground cliques became widespread and developed permanent record keeping. I'd rather slink around in the shadows.
I share growing_older's concerns. My solution was to create two facebook profiles. One for my collegues and one for my friends. Works fine so far.
Like FD I don't "like" early retirement related things on FB because neither my friends nor my colleagues need to know about that.
But if you're a bit lonely or feel you're losing contact with friends and family, FB can fix that and add some extra joy to your life.
Tip: stay away from FB games, like Farmville. They are a waste of time and are bad for your image.
Use but don't trust FB's privacy controls.