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As usual, it’s taking society time to catch up with social changes, including the Internet.

Here’s a good case in point from the Telegraph’s website:

>>Authorities have called for parties promoted on the social networking site to be prohibited in advance if police believe they pose a threat to law and order.

Last month 100 Hamburg police offers made 11 arrests when 1,600 people gatecrashed a 16-year-old girl’s birthday.

The girl, who had to flee the party, had apparently forgotten switch on her Facebook privacy settings when inviting friends to the celebration.

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Social networking on the Internet is fast replacing social interaction in real life.

Here’s a story that exemplifies this from nbcbayarea.com:

>>Think you like Facebook? Think again.

An Israeli couple likes Facebook so much that they named their newborn daughter ”Like.” You know as in the like icon on the popular Palo Alto-based social-networking site.

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With all that’s going on in Japan, I may not post as frequently in the next few days. I’ve been gripped by the disaster over there, but there’s no way I could possibly cover it in this blog like others are. And somehow, the more routine stories pale in comparison. So if I don’t post as often as I should in the next few days, I’m trying to keep informed about what’s happening in other parts of the world.

Still, I found this one interesting. It’s about upcoming elections and how Social Networking may still be changing the face of how we select those who will represent us in the government. It’s from Roll Call:

>>Democrats Look to Twitter to Reverse Fortunes for 2012

Democrats are hoping they’ve found a secret weapon for winning back the House in 2012: Twitter.

House Democrats say that while they may be outnumbered, they stand to come out ahead by becoming more savvy to social media to stay more directly connected to the public.

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I’m a really big fan of the Facebook website, so I thought it would be quite appropriate to spend my 200th post on the subject.

I’ve used the site to re-connect with many friends I had lost touch with, from high school and college classmates to fellow employees at the places I’ve worked at previously.

Of course, with every good thing comes its bad side. Here’s the story about that from the Guardian website:

>>Facebook a top cause of relationship trouble, say US lawyers

Social networking site becoming primary source of evidence in divorce proceedings and custody battles, lawyers say

When Facebook gets involved, relationships can quickly fall apart – as Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi have discovered. But dictatorships are not the only ties being dissolved by social networkingsites: now Facebook is increasingly being blamed for undermining American marriages.

Even though the rate of divorce in the US has remained largely stable in recent years, American divorce lawyers and academics have joined Middle East analysts in picking out Facebook as a leading cause of relationship trouble, with American lawyers now demanding to see their clients’ Facebook pages as a matter of course before the start of proceedings.

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There have been numerous reports of people spending entire days online, and that includes time on Facebook games such as Mafia Wars and Farmville.

Sadly, here’s a case of someone taking the games much too seriously. This story ran at jacksonville.com:

>>Jacksonville mom shakes baby for interrupting FarmVille, pleads guilty to murder

By David Hunt

A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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As much as I enjoy Facebook, I worry about my information there, so I don’t make much public. (I’m also worried that I can’t seem to get any photos with my links today.) Some folks are taking action, as shown in this Breitbart story:

>>A group protesting Facebook’s privacy policies said Monday more than 30,000 people had heeded its call to quit the social networking giant.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I dove into the social-networking site Facebook a few months back. In just a few weeks, I had re-connected with several friends I had lost touch with, including one friend who’s wife had passed and he had remarried in the 10 years since we last spoke. I also connected with my closest friend, who now lives in Florida, and we keep in better touch. And one friend from my college days has been very busy creating a large family, and he may even be a great-grandfather by now. Then, too, I have made several new friends, including an aspiring actor from the NYC area who is working very hard to become a successful acting professional. And I have been able to keep in touch with several musicians I admire, and keep up with their offerings of new music.

One of the dangers of social networking sites is that information can be unwittingly given out that could make problems for the person releasing it. For instance, many unscrupulous characters have searched for funeral notices in newspapers in order to know when the family would be busy at the funeral of a loved one so they could raid the person’s home address. Or it could be like the case of the professional football player who announced his affair on Facebook, which was read by his very unhappy wife. Yikes!

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