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The Not So Private Life of Facebook

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Facebook is awesome. I love it. It’s a great way to keep close with friends. To watch their families grow. To reconnect with those who moved far away long ago. And, frankly, to give me a much needed time-out during work.

But, it definitely has its downfalls. This new timeline layout is giving me cause for concern. It’s not because I don’t know how to work it (although I don’t), it’s because of that darn cover picture.

No more is there just a profile picture. Nope, now there’s a larger-than-life picture at the top of everyone’s page. And for whatever reason, a handful of friends have selected not-so flattering pictures of us together for this new feature.

Our private moments in public places are now front and center for all to see. That time at that wedding where we imbibed and danced until we were all sweaty and gross? Yep, that graces the top of Maggie’s page. The time we dressed up as celebrities for Halloween and I pimped myself out as Amy Winehouse? That’s up on Sam’s page.

There’s no way to block the embarrassment.

The only bright side to Facebook is that it wasn’t around when I was a kid. I could just imagine the embarrassment – and most likely shame – I would’ve brought my family.

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