There is plenty of brouhaha about Facebook these days. With its recent IPO into the public stock exchange and growing popularity it's a household buzzword! Some people love it, others hate it but almost everyone knows what it is.
Recently a friend posted this site on Facebook.
It's a blog with a goal to help people realize they can live without Facebook and that it is an "unhealthy obsession." as I read through some of the posts I got a little annoyed! They say things like, "Many people on Facebook will brag about their lives and their accomplishments, but in reality, they are accomplishing little by being on Facebook." or "The site felt so negative, yet I still felt a burning desire to share my every moment with the rest of the world."
The reason I got upset is because Facebook in and of itself is not good or bad...it's the people who use it that are. If you are addicted or offended or annoyed then own your problem but don't blame it on Facebook.
On 22 July 2011, Anders Breivik bombed government buildings in Oslo, which resulted in eight deaths. He then carried out a mass shooting at a camp of the Workers' Youth League of the Labour Party on the island of Utøya where he killed 69 people, mostly teenagers. In April 2012, Breivik stated in court testimony that a popular Norwegian song promoting tolerance was a Marxist brainwashing tool. When people heard this they were beyond angry and Breivik’s comments prompted Norwegians Christine Bar and Lill Hjønnevåg to organize via Facebook a gathering at Youngstorget, the square in front of the Labor party headquarters. It is adjacent to Breivik's bombing target and just blocks from Oslo District Court, where Breivik is currently on trial.
“Let us stand together,” the two initiators wrote on the event’s Facebook page, which listed more than a dozen parallel events around the country. “We stand together as a people, fellow human beings. Let us sing because we really MEAN that this song describes how the world SHOULD be.”
These women were hoping for at least a hundred people. As people responded 4,000 people said they would come. On the day of the singing 40,000 people showed up to show their solidarity against this terrorist!
THIS is just one reason why I love Facebook! I love that people share and messages get out to the masses quickly! I love being inspired by others and laughing at the funny stuff people come up with! I love that my friends are always kind and supportive when I'm having a rough time. To put it simply...Facebook rocks!