Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns. ~ Marc Estrin ~
Lately, there has been much discussion on the Fine Art America forum about the pros and cons of having a Facebook presence to promote artwork. Some people are opposed to it, considering it to be a fruitless waste of time and they worry about privacy. Personally, I disagree with the opinion. I think artists must promote their artwork in all ways that are available to them. The internet and social networks in particular provide a vehicle not otherwise possible to talk about art, network with artists, collectors and reach a very wide audience.
I enjoy Facebook although I do know there are many privacy concerns. I don't let it get me down. I've made lots of friends and contacts on Facebook. It's a great place to learn about art related opportunities and meet like minded people. We get what we put into it. As for privacy, I believe it's good to exercise prudence on what is shared and the pursued activities online. There is no privacy on the internet. Everyone has to know it and if they don't they should be aware. I tell my kids this all the time. When it comes to the internet, nothing is scared. We have to take precautions to safeguard passwords and basicially not do much of anything you think someone will raise an eyebrow or pass judgement. Of course, that doesn't stop some people from doing unscruplous things.