Yes, I finally broke down and joined the accursed Facebook. For those of you wondering if my posting here will end as a result, the answer is a resounding “no.” I have no plans to make a habit of writing anything on my Facebook page.

The biggest problem with Facebook, from my perspective, is that it is a bit like a roach motel for personal data. That is, “Your data checks in; it never checks out.” I know of no good way to get pictures, postings, comments, etc. out of Facebook. While I have to suffer through the headache of maintaining software on my own website, I always know where my data is, and I can do whatever I want with it. In other words, by maintaining my own website, I own my data.

So, while I now have a Facebook account, the only reason is so that I can read the postings of other people who do write there.