By now I'm pretty sure most people know what Facebook is and how it works. You may already be a member or possibly have seen the movie. But for those who are not technically inclined, I'll give a brief and basic description.
Facebook is a social network, a website on the Internet where people can go to meet up with old friends, endlessly chat, gossip, brag or generally nose around, play time-wasting games and, best of all, share pictures. A quick Google search tells me that 350 million users upload 2.5 billion pictures per month to Facebook. That's a bunch of pictures. Facebook is a really great place to share pictures with your family and friends who would otherwise never see your collection.
When you view a friend's pictures on Facebook, it will give you the option to show that you "like" that picture and make comments about it. Almost without fail, if you post a picture, somebody is going to click that they like it and maybe even make a nice comment about what a nice picture you posted and what a great photographer you are. If you want to get your ego stroked, then Facebook is the place to be. I greatly enjoy it when people comment on my posted photographs and it makes my already big head swell even larger.
You never have anyone comment that, "Wow, that photo really stinks and you should have your camera taken away from you and impounded." It is a virtual perfect world. That's a very kind thing to do, but my mom has always told me not to lie, and if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. It would be very unkind of me to say, "Wow, that's a great photo other than the fact that it is out of focus and the people in it have green skin." So you can use your own judgment when making comments on friend's photos.
Do remember that Facebook is a very public place and you shouldn't post pictures that might embarrass you or insult someone else. Just use the same common sense in your comments that you would use if you were speaking face to face with someone where everyone else can hear you.
There are lots of websites for photo sharing on the Internet and Facebook is great place to start, especially if you want everyone to "like" you. I don't know about you, but I need all the friends I can get.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer, certified professional photographer and president of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia.)