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Facebook just keeps growing. The online social network where people connect and reconnect, post their thoughts, their snapshots, their Facebook friends and latest fancies, had 100 million users last August. 150 million in January.
And yesterday, Facebook confirmed that it had signed up its 200 millionth user.
Broad swaths of young Americans now simply assume they can catch up with anyone, anytime on Facebook. Now older users are pouring in, too. And users around the world.
But as Facebook grows and evolves, so do the questions about where it’s going, where it’s taking us.
This hour, On Point: The age of Facebook, and where the online social network goes next.
You can join the conversation. Is half your life on Facebook? All your life? None of it? Where does Facebook take us?Guests:

Vanessa Grigoriadis, contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Her new article, on the cover of New York this week, is "Do You Own Facebook? Or Does Facebook Own You?"

BJ Fogg, director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University. His forthcoming book is "The Psychology of Facebook."

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Slate's Farhad Manjoo has been writing enthusiastically about Facebook and social networking. In January he wrote "Everyone else is on Facebook. Why aren't you?"
Less enthusiastic — in fact, downright hostile -- is The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash in his hilarious rant last month, "Down With Facebook!"

This program aired on April 8, 2009.


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