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My friends are divided on Facebook's presence in their everyday lives. Half are happy to sign up for every game or calendar and use Facebook Connect as a proxy for signing in to many other sites. The others have all their privacy settings set to max. If the general population feels the same way, then at least 50 percent of you are going to freak at the idea of a Facebook identity card.
 
If his company's historic IPO filing and Google+'s meteoric rise are foremost on the mind of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, a close third is surely the inexplicably expansive collection of online fan fiction in which he is a featured character subject to all manner of bizarre scenarios and nonsensical predicaments. The strange little corner of the Internet known as "fanfic" offers a venue for anyone to craft stories based on their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and even video games. Within this vast layman's dream factory, you will find everything (ev-er-y-thing) from treatments for unfilmed episodes of According to Jim to imaginary meetings between former American Idol competitor Adam Lambert and Buffy the Vampire Slayer right on through to torrid bouts of erotica in the world of Stargate SG-1 (NSFWly linked later, if you're interested). You know who else gets the fanfic treatment surprisingly often? Mr. Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg.
 
There's a grip of instant messages a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg sent to various confidants before Facebook launched, as well as during its earliest years. They make for an interesting read in that the enormity of Facebook's potential never seemed to seize Zuckerberg, even after an initial year of rapid growth.
 
You've probably run aground of Facebook's new Timeline format somewhere. Maybe you already opted in. If you haven't, click around to a few of your friends and you're bound to see someone's timeline (unless, that is — gasp! — you're not one of Facebook's 800 million or so users). If you like it, well good! You're about to use it. If not, well, uh… Well…
 
You've probably seen a hacked Facebook account before — you receive a private message from someone you haven't talked to since middle school or your mom posts a link on your wall that says, "Click here to win a free iPad." Unfortunately, Facebook users are vulnerable to many different kinds of attacks. Take a look at the infographic below for details on how to keep your account hooligan-free.

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