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Some Say Popular Web Site is Being Ruined

Some Say Popular Web Site is Being Ruined



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Paul Nelson, KSL NewsradioFacebook is one of the most popular Web sites teens and young adults visit. But some people say it's being ruined. So what's the problem?

You walk into any college student hangout, and it won't take long to find someone who has either a MySpace page or a Facebook account.

Megan Bitner said, "As it has expanded, I've been able to connect with some of my high school students that I teach."

Bitner says Facebook is still a good site, but it's been sort of wrecked, in a way.

"I liked it better when it was just college students. I'm not going to lie. I liked the idea that it was just a college network where college students could find out about each other," she said.

She's being nice. Other Facebook users are a little more blunt. Some users say their parents are ruining the site by checking up on them. One reporter for Thestar.com is calling it "The death of Facebook." A 16-year-old says her parents don't look her up on Facebook yet, but when they do, it's going to stink.

"I wouldn't like it because I feel that it's just a part of my privacy, and I feel like I'm not doing anything wrong."

Facebook opened up to everyone instead of being exclusive to college students. Many non-students saw it as a big chance to cash in on a networking site.

Jason Alba said, "On Facebook, you're going to go and develop connections, and people are going to be your Facebook friends."

Alba is the CEO of a site called Jibberjobber.com, which he calls a complimentary site to Facebook.

"What we wanted to do was allow you as a Facebook user to go in and say, ‘I want to take my entire network and export it and put it right into Jibberjobber, which is my tool where I manage relationships," Alba said.

Alba says many companies are using the site to connect with a demographic group they wouldn't normally reach. On a personal level, Alba says his oldest child is still too young for a Facebook account, but when she's older, you'd better believe he's going to be checking up on her through the site.

"Once I connect to my daughter, I'm going to be going daily to look at who her friends are and what they're doing, what their connections are and what they're blogging about," he said.

Alba says if his daughter kicks him out of her friends list, he'll likely create an anonymous account and look her up that way.

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