It's Official. Facebook Opens to General Public

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If for some odd reason you ever wanted to network with a bunch of university students or check out endless albums of drunk girls placing their hands on each other's boobs, but lacked the clout of a .edu e-mail address, congratulations, you now can. We all can. To couch the ever-present possibility of trauma stemming from this change, admins posted a thoughtful note assuring chafing co-eds that, despite complete loss of the site's appealing university-only exclusivity, the power is ultimately still in their hands.

As is typical of Facebook's community, students protested the change with a petition and a fairly straightforward student group called "I will quit Facebook if it opens to all Internet users," where all members pledged to leave the networking site the moment it goes public, which happened yesterday. The group boasts over 960 members, none of which have honored the vow. Big surprise. It's hard to leave behind those endless albums of drunk girls....oops...we said that before. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

Written by Angela Natividad    Comments (3)     File: Online     Sep-27-06  
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(Shameless self promotion) Just posted about this today as well on Adbrats.com. Even though it was open to any college student, as a young person who uses facebook often I felt like it was still a secret club for people like me. Now that it's open anyone, including marketers, it seems like the exclusivity is gone. Hopefully I don't start receiving "pokes" from celebrities asking me to try their new fragrance.

Posted by: Adbrat on September 27, 2006 01:11 PM

Well fortunately for you, Facebook has provided the option of keeping yourself invisible from certain clusters of networks so they cannot see you- nor poke you- nor anything you. Check out your privacy settings.

re to article: Don't you love society that complains against free services?

Posted by: rocky on September 27, 2006 08:51 PM

Please. There's nothing hip about Facebook allowing the general public to partake in its lunacy.

Posted by: General Public on November 9, 2006 09:51 PM

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