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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page was hacked into January 26th, 2011 which again begs the question “How is Facebook able to protect its members privacy?

The post read “Let the hacking begin: If Facebook needs money instead of going to the banks why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way the Nobel Price winner Muhammud Yonus described it?

The post received 1803 likes before it was removed.

We all use Facebook. Well maybe not all of us but certainly a great many of us.

Facebook is a wonderful way to stay in touch with friends and family that we are far away from here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala. Pictures and videos can be shared and you can let people know what you are doing and how you are.

There are many other uses for Facebook such as promoting businesses and products, keeping up on people’s birthdays and advertising your events.

Blogs can be shared and there are many other applications.

There has always been a privacy question and there are privacy setting options from which you can choose but the fact remains that the number one head honcho of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, had his Facebook Page hacked into so what protection do the rest of us have?

I can’t imagine a day without checking my “friends” on Facebook but I am very careful about any posts I make. I remember my mother saying “Don’t every put anything in writing that you would not wanted printed on the front page of the newspaper”.

The use of “newspaper” may be a little dated but the message stands the test of time.

I keep my posts very generic and if I want to send anything more personal I use the private message app.

There are many instances where people have posted something on Facebook that was injurious in some way and they have lost jobs or been expelled from school and various other consequences have been reported.

If we continue to use Facebook as it was intended as a social networking tool we all will continue to have a very good experience.

Tell your children not to post indiscriminately and follow my mother’s very sage advice.

Also make sure all pictures and videos are family friendly, as it were, so nothing can come back to bite them, so to speak.

My daughter originally set me up with a Facebook Page so that she could send me pictures and videos while she was working in London, England. I do enjoy all the photographs my nieces and nephews have posted on Facebook as they travel the world and now that our son and his girlfriend is in Thailand I can get a wonderful sense of where they are and how incredibly beautiful Phuket, Thailand really is.

Log in daily and enjoy building your social network but keep your private business private.

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