Eurydice - 6:27 pm on Apr 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I recently learned: NONE of the friends of my wife got their real profile on FB - they work with fake names, enter different cities.
You had to ask your wife about Facebook? You're not on it?
I have some 400-500 friends on FB. For all of the ones who I know personally (offline, etc.), their information is correct. Name, city, jobs, background, interests, etc.
BTW, many of the senior people in SEO, PPC, or analytics are in FB. I write books and I ran an agency; we all know each other. FB is part of our network. Updates, information, ideas, etc., also gets passed around in FB.
Yes, it's deliciously ironic that Matt Cutts quits FB over privacy. Is he going to quit Google too, or was it just posturing over a competitor?
Those people who refuse to use FB remind me of people in the mid-90s who refused to use computers or email. Get on FB and learn how to use it. It's quite different and has tremendous potential. The Connect/Open Graph idea is as important as the idea of online payments or analytics. It will fundamentally change the web.