To tag or not to tag: the Facebook era

2.50 pm. I’m back home from work. I turn on the computer and reheat my lunch.  Then I type my email address and password.  And here I am……finally in “Facebookland”. This
is my time to see what’s new with my friends, relatives and even with that girl my best friend has a crush on.

Facebook has indeed become part of many people’s lives.  It is said that Facebook has more than 800 million users. Can you believe that? Facebook has such an undeniable power and influence in our modern society that a great number of its users have developed a sort of addiction to it. For instance, they can’t spend one hour without logging in, commenting on a friend’s picture, updating their status or just telling the world where they are or what they are eating. And now, with the arrival of the smartphones and tablets, having access to Facebook is just as easy as 1,2,3.   I can declare myself a Facebook fan but I haven’t gotten to the point of biting my nails or pulling my hair if I can’t read the latest posts. I check it on a daily basis but when I can’t, it’s no big deal. I can survive and go on with my life.

What do I like about Facebook? Well, it has allowed me to get in touch with classmates from my elementary school whom I haven’t seen since I was 10. We all have definitely changed.  I’ve also been able to see how my nieces and nephews, who live in other countries, have gone from toddlers to first graders. I can also share with friends and relatives what’s going on with my life, not only with words but through pictures.  Another advantage of Facebook is that I can wish my friends Happy Birthday without having to call them…..Yes, I have to admit that I’m not much of a phone person, but I guess my “phone phobia” can be a topic for another post 😉

And since nothing in this world is absolutely perfect, there are of course some things about Facebook that I’m not fond of. One of them is the tagging feature. I do love my friends, but I do not appreciate being tagged by them on pictures which don’t show the best of me.  Another thing I don’t like about Facebook is the video spamming. I can handle people wanting to share some videos they like or want to recommend, but sharing tons of videos and taking over your news feed section is definitely kind of abusive.

Well, we can go on and on because there are still many things we can write and talk about Facebook….Just remember, Facebook is a public site, so regardless of your private settings, be careful of and responsible for what you publish.  If it’s something that is better kept to yourself, keep it to yourself.

Vocabulary

1. to have a crush on somebody:  to have a feeling of love for somebody. It usually does not last very long.

2. undeniable (adj): true or certain, irrefutable.

3. updating – update (v): to supply the recent information about something

4. on a daily basis: every day.

5. it’s no big deal: it’s not important.

6. toddlers (n): children who have recently learnt to walk.

7. first graders: children in first grade of primary school..

8. (be) fond of:  to like something.

9. tagging – tag (v): to put a label or name to something or somebody.

10. news feed: the most recent information of your contacts.

11. settings (n): configuration and management of your account.

And what about you? How often do you check facebook?                                           Do you check it at work? Have you had any bad experience with Facebook?

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Who or whom?

WHO

Jorge is a teacher. He is wearing a blue suit.

Here we have two sentences talking about the same subject: Jorge and he.

We can connect these 2 sentences just by replacing he with who.

Jorge is a teacher who is wearing a blue suit.

WHOM

When using whom, we have to remember that this word talks about the object of the sentence. We can replace the object pronoun with whom.

Mary is a nice girl. I can work with her.

Mary is a nice girl whom I can work with.

Here the object pronoun was replaced by whom and it changes its position in the sentence.

For very formal situations

We can put the preposition before whom

Mary is a nice girl with whom I can work.

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