1. It could cost you a job. Facebook is not private. Employers and -more importantly- potential employers are getting good at spying on your profile. Oh and if you think it is safe to simply cleanup your profile before you start job hunting, think again. There are archiving websites that make searchable copies of websites and then store the copies forever. For example, this is what facebook looked like on August 6th, 2005.
2. They will sell you out in a heartbeat. Their business model, like google’s, is to collect personal information about you and then eventually sell it to someone. The more personal and specific they get, the more money it is worth. Now, they won’t have your social security number but they definitely have enough to do some damage. What’s more concerning are the shady people who have been pumping money into the company. These people used to work for spooky government agencies.
3. They can steal from you. If you are an artist, do not post any of your creative works on Facebook. Again, check out this video to get a look under the covers. Scary.
Seriously, be careful with Facebook. It is fun and useful to share information on Facebook, but access to that information is not as limited as you think. There is a giant evil robot constantly scanning your activities. So far this robot hasn’t done any damage, but what if it turns on us?
If this has inspired you to go into stealth mode, then go here for instructions on what to do next.