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Facebook: Love It Or Hate It? Westchester Residents Sound Off

Benna Strober of Chappaqua has a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Photo Credit: Submitted
Rob DeRocker of Tarrytown uses Facebook for networking and staying in touch. Photo Credit: Submitted
John Goodman of Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Submitted
Sasha Bylim of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Tarrytown. Photo Credit: Submitted

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Facebook fans are often divided into it "love it" or "hate it" categories.

What some see as "oversharing," others see as a way to get valuable information.

Benna Strober of Chappaqua is one of those who has a love/hate relationship with the site. On the one hand she likes being able to see what's going on with certain people in her life as well as share events in her life.

She also likes having a professional page on Facebook (she's a licensed psychologist) that she can share.

On the flip side, she doesn't like when people post things that really should be kept to themselves. "There can be a lot of drama on Facebook that I try to avoid," she said. "I hate when people share posts and tag me when I really don’t want/need everyone knowing my business...unless I want to tell them myself!"

Barbara Cervoni of Yorktown said what she hates the most are the constant changes made to the algorithm(s) that determine who sees what. "As a page manager, it is virtually impossible to be certain we are reaching our audience," she said.

On the flip side, she loves FB as a personal user. "I like getting news headlines, I like using groups as a way to connect with others who have common interests, I like seeing what friends and family are up to. I also like that I can unfollow someone if they're getting on my nerves." (Insert wink emoticon here).

Business visibility is another big reason folks enjoy using the site. "It's the best way I've found to regularly engage with our dancers," said Sasha Bylim of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Tarrytown.

John Goodman of Tuckahoe agrees. "Working from a home office for over 20 years, it's easy to feel that you're not in the mix, out of touch with colleagues, and forgotten," he said. "Facebook allows me to stay in touch daily with the people I need to stay in touch with."

Networking via Facebook is key, added Tarrytown's Rob DeRocker who admits he's a "Facebook lover." He said he has many stories so if you're interested, you know what to do: send a friend request.

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