There's no question that we live in a Facebook society. In fact, we're in a Facebook world.
Consider the following:
* 955 million monthly active Facebook users at the end of June 2012.
* Approximately 81 percent of monthly active users are outside the U.S. and Canada.
* 552 million daily active users on average in June 2012.
* 543 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products in June 2012.
Those figures come directly from the social network, which, by the way has 11 offices in the United States and another 16 offices spread throughout the world.
It's mind-boggling. And, let's all admit it, Facebook is fun. It's main premise being a way of sharing your life and keeping up with the lives of others.
But we've always held steadfast in our beliefs that adults in some professions should not be "friends" on Facebook with children. An example of that being teachers and their students. We, again, urge our local school districts to look into this matter. Be proactive, not reactive.
This past week, however, something else concerning Facebook and community leaders got our attention.
Although we understand that social networking websites often are a place to find a community's so-called dirty laundry, we most certainly do not agree that community leaders should be the ones airing it.
But if these officials, both those elected and those hired, wish to express their thoughts on a city's business via Facebook, Twitter or the like, they also must understand that their words may come back to bite them.
Let this be a warning, you reap what you sow.