If Facebook ever shut down, you'd see people aimlessly walking round streets, scribbling on walls, poking each other, searching for their friends, thumbs-upping and commenting at everything they see and tagging one another.
Now, besides the obvious exaggeration in that, it's amazing to realize how true it is. People have come to depend on Facebook for a lot of things, whether to organize a party or event, to just asking your friend how the movie was; it would be truly interesting to see what would happen if Facebook shut down for a few days. I know how lost I was after losing my phone and not having one for a few days; in fact I didn't make it two days before I went out and bought a temporary one. Communication is so important in this day and we want access to it at all times. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would feel totally isolated without their cell phone.
Of course there's always the stories that hackers can view your profile and instantly know everything about you; that's not exactly true. And for the ones that are advanced enough to do that, no amount of privacy settings can stop them. But just think about it for a minute, what do you have on your Facebook page? I know my number's on there, as well as my blogs, and the schools I went to; the place I work and where I've worked before that. Now, I'm a trusting person when it comes to people in general; I think most people on this earth are good at heart. Yet there are those few who ruin it for everyone, so to speak.
After everything's said and done, however, I still think that Facebook is an amazing and innovative way to keep in touch with the world. After the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots, it was essential in organizing and gathering volunteers for cleanup of this beautiful city of ours; it is a great way to support a loved one on the other side of the world, a wonderful way to promote a new business. People just need to keep in mind that everything they put on Facebook isn't necessarily going to remain private; in fact, like everything else on the Internet, it won't. So just be careful what you tell the world about yourself, and have faith that ninety nine percent of people are good; it's the other one percent who have put such mistrust into our eyes.