I joined Facebook primarily to view pictures and just keep up with friends far and wide in general. I created my account in early 2007, and I have somewhere around 100 “friends”. Out of those, I probably keep in regular contact with about a quarter of them; the rest are just “there” in case I want to drop them a note sometime and comment on a picture or two.
I know that many people really don’t like Facebook; I even know of one person who deleted her account because she was being “Facebook creeped”; basically, a form of electronic voyeurism. I have taken measures to protect my personal information (a friend of mine is friends with someone I don’t want accessing my information), but am aware that nothing is private on Facebook!
When all is said and done, I’m glad I’m a member. FB lets me keep in contact with my cousins out West and in Taiwan, classmates I haven’t seen or spoken to for 10 years, and friends who live in the same city as me. Just don’t be surprised if I don’t update for a bit…I sometimes go into a self-imposed Facebook Exile!