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Should Professors Use Facebook?

A blog post we stumbled on a while back, by a graduate student, warned other students that professors have started creating accounts on Facebook, the social-networking Web site so popular with students these days: "If a student misses class and says ‘I had a doctor’s appointment,’ I’ve seen professors that get on Facebook, read the kid’s wall and see that he was invited to a party the night before, and the kid was absent because he was actually hung over."

Are professors using Facebook for this purpose? Should professors enter this online social space for any reason? Join the discussion.

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