The online buzz at the moment is the new security settings on Facebook and the discussion about how ethical the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is with our personal information. If you want to read a long summary of the issues involved, read what Danah Boyd has to say in her post "Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)". A shorter and less academic summary of the issues can be found on the post "Facebook Exodus Planned for May 31: Will You Quit?" written by Jennifer Van Grove.
What will I do?
After reading around the issues, I have decided to keep my Facebook account for the time being.
The main reason for this is I have found it is the best way to connect with midwives. For some reason, midwives have really taken to Facebook, more so than Twitter. You only have to look at the success of the Virtual International Day of the Midwife this year to see how effective Facebook is for communicating with midwives.
What will other midwives do?
I asked midwives on the Virtual International Day of the Midwife fan page if they will be leaving Facebook. Here are a few of the replies: