For much of the Thanksgiving weekend, I was surrounded by friends and family who have either abandoned Facebook or who never joined it in the first place. It’s not that they haven’t heard of Facebook, or that they doubt its potential to be useful. Instead, it typically came down to a fundamental concern about sharing their personal information and a fear that it would turn into a distraction that eats away too much of their time. My girlfriend, who is active on other social networks, abandoned Facebook earlier this year largely because she felt uncomfortable with the idea of the company using her personal information for marketing purposes. Read the full story at Mashable.