Facebook: Questioning It’s Continued Existence!

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After recent events here in the United Kingdom and Facebook actually allowing people to post pictures of people being beheaded I am starting to question if Facebook should be allowed to continue in it’s present form!

It is fine the founder wants to build a fully open social network but there are limits and basic rights people still have to privacy and not subjected to constant stream of inappropriate material or even to a social network which basically focuses on the bad and trivial things in.

Facebook from where I stand has become a joke of a social network which frankly has failed because it’s owners put profit and it’s corporate sponsors before it’s users. Then this made worse by Facebook owners failing to tackle the problems some of it’s less than honest or even criminal elements on the network, if anything almost encouraging them in so much only doing something after the fact when someone complains rather than using their discretion to nip them in the bud!

All this further compounded by a culture of the Facebook users who think it is very acceptable and normal to throw abuse at other people, lie about their lives and even paint a better picture of their lives. This may only be a small group of people on Facebook but it has the biggest effect as in the end as it effects the large majority of people there. All these lies in the end effect people in a very negative way even feeding people’s envy, jealousy even their insecurities.

I know there are those people who use Facebook as a social network but now they are becoming a smaller minority there as there is a growing number of people who are using their feet to leave Facebook because of this growing majority of users are trivialising, abusing and spreading hate on Facebook.

Even myself I have felt better and much settled after leaving Facebook as it’s very nature had a very negative effect on myself because of the constant barrage of hate and triviality I was subjected too there. Regardless I may of lost contact with some good friends it was the best thing I have done leaving Facebook as it has helped my depression by removing a constant source of negativity from my life!

As I said at the start I and I suspect others, even within the media in general, are starting to question Facebook’s continued existence in it present form as rather than being people together or building new online communities it is having a very negative effect on people and being abused by those people or groups to spread hate, envy and discontent.

In the meanwhile the owners of Facebook do nothing much like Nero that is playing the Fiddle while their Rome burns in a most spectacular way. The question has to be asked just when are they actually going to do something about the problems on Facebook or are they just going to continue ignoring them in faint hope they go away?

A subtle hint to the owners of Facebook they are not going away if anything they are getting worse pushing away those people who would contribute in positive ways to Facebook!

Facebook is Now But an Old Nightmare!

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It now been over two weeks since I deleted my Facebook account and frankly the last two weeks have been a lot more hassle free and my mood has generally been better which has been very noticeable to those around me.

What it has shown me due to it’s nature Facebook is having an unconscious effect on peoples and my own mood in a very negative way which in itself is very surprising. I cannot really put a finger on why other than it’s very nature brings out the darker side of people’s nature due to the very nature way Facebook is set up.

I have think I have said this before Facebook now fails to do it’s basic task of being a Social Network if anything by it’s very nature and the way people now perceive it as a place for gossip and for trivial matters has change it’s very nature for the worse. In so much people do not go there to socialise any more but to catch up with gossip and such trivial matters with basic socializing and keeping up with old friends as a very poor second.

When I was on Facebook the last thing I could do was easily keep up with my old friends and have private chats with them as the whole nature of Facebook discouraged this. I could not even keep up with their lives on Facebook itself as it got lost in the dross Facebook fills it’s news feeds with without doing some unnecessary work.

Basically in the end Facebook stopped being useful as far as I am concerned made worse I used the excuse that I was there to keep in contact with friends to stay there but I simply could not easily!

The biggest irony of all these so called friends did not comment elsewhere that I left Facebook or even missed me once again just showed to myself that Facebook was failing to do what it claims that is being a social network!

Facebook is Gone Without a Regret!

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Last week I finally let Facebook this time without one regret or even a tinge of sadness at the potential loss of some friends there but finally Facebook really got on my nerves because of what it has become a place for the trivial, shallow and finally a place which people to use spread unfounded fear, hate and even racism. All this in form of status, pages and so called interesting/funny cartoons!

The final tipping point was one of my so called friends there who thought it was acceptable to spread the obviously fake Australian Prime Minster speech which said Australia would kick out all the Muslims there which was further compounded by the fact they agreed the sentiments. At this point I really thought hard and quickly do I really want to be associated with a social web site which allows such racist and inflammatory posts.

Then add to this my personal view that Facebook has stopped being what it was originally a social network but a place where businesses hammer adverts down your throat and abuse the data given by users to Facebook in good faith. On top of this it has also become a place of trivialities not helped by the fact Facebook encourages a laziness and apathy of it’s user by it’s very nature.

All this and the attitude of Facebook towards their users and their data finally tipped the balance and my Facebook account was deleted this time without a regret or a look backwards.

This also had one other nice side effect as since I have deleted my Facebook account my mood in general has improved over the week as it seems that Facebook’s very nature and contents had a very negative effect on my mood. This did really surprise me as I had not realised it was having such effect on me!

Facebook is Back to Doing Questionable Activities!

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Recently in various news web sites Facebook has appeared again this time because they are asking some people on Instagram to produce real identification after locking their account. Initially most of the users thought it was a scam but the said users soon got emails from Facebook/Instagram informing them they needed tha Identification to unlock their accounts.

And what was Facebool/Instagram excuse for this action? It was the said people had broken their term of service by not using their real names on the accounts which considering that users in the past were allowed to use any name on Instagram in the past it is a bit rich on Facebooks part.

But this is the second time Facebook has gone through such an exercise as a few years ago they started to suspend accounts on their main site because the accounts in question were not for so called real people which included a large number of Second Life Avatars.

All this in an effort by Facebook to make sure all accounts were for so called real people so the data they collected was more valuable to the companies they sell it too not for excuse they gave as it was against their terms of service or security.

All it succeeded in doing was browning off of a lot of users of Facebook who suddenly found their accounts deleted made worse by the fact Facebook was not consistent only removing some of the accounts and ignoring the rest some of which are still going now.

So once again Facebook are attempting the same thing with Instagram for exactly the same questionable reason and I suspect all they will succeed in doing is alienating a number of users.

I personally start to wonder just what Facebook is up to as it slowly alienating it’s user base with ill thought out actions with very questionable motives as in the end all it is going to do is push away users who potentially bring something to Facebook as a social web site leaving a bland advert filled site as we are seeing now!

Facebook Turns People into Sheep!

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Recently there is a post which is being passed on Facebook which claimed that the Australian PM made a speech claiming she was going to remove all Muslims from Australia and number of other anti-Muslim sentiments. This post has been passed by people, even ones who claim to be intelligent and world wise, as true and it needed to be spread for various reasons.

But if the said people actually questioned and thought about what the post said it would not take much if the Australian PM had actually said those things within the post it would have been splashed all over the World Media currently and it is not. Plus with just one simple google search you can quickly establish it is a fake which is designed to cause trouble for Australian Government and to perpetuate Anti-Muslim sentiments on the Internet.

What this shows it now people now unquestionably believe what is written on Facebook has to be true much as media in general regardless of the fact we all know both from experience and history media can be manipulated by individuals and groups to their own ends with cleverly created stories for their own agendas.

It is not as if these people already know that our media in general has always been manipulated by individuals and groups especially with recent Rupert Murdoch and News Corp here in the United Kingdom which highlighted just how a powerful media corporation tried to manipulate the United Kingdom government.

But people of both United Kingdom and United States now are too lazy and apathetic to question what they are told on the media and seam to live in the glorious illusion what they are told on media especially on the internet. Until people wake up to this fact and start to question what is told them they will be sheep easily manipulated by individuals and groups such posts like Australian PM will continue to be spread on likes of Facebook promoting hate.

Facebook Makes People Lazy!

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After I read an article yesterday saying that Facebook as a whole makes people feel worse because they are envious of others who have better life in general than themselves and from personal experience it got me thinking about Facebook itself and I came to conclusion Facebook makes people lazy!

What do I mean by this? Simple people because of Facebook and it’s nature people have become very lazy socially expecting everything at their figure tips. This gets highlighted when heavy users of Facebook actually arrive in social web sites which encourage real social interaction in so much they really lack the basic skills to socially interact with a fellow human being. All they seam to be capable of is making negative remarks about other people or making such remarks the site is boring or they are bored.

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg both have a lot to answer for by creating a social network which rather than encourages real social interaction creates a whole group of people who expect the social network to provide the social interaction and entertainment which frankly the wrong way round. Facebook has not helped the situation by adding games and other distractions which have really detracted from what the site was meant to be a social network.

In the end Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg have done more damage than good in the field of social networks by allowing their own greed and misplaced idea that people actually like an open life which frankly none ever did other than with real friends.

What Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg both have forgotten clearly it is not the social web site itself but the people who make it up gives a social network its life and frankly Facebook has no real life of it’s own but a group of isolated users who just end up posting trivia and playing games rather than actually socialising.

Myself and growing number of people are using Facebook less and less choosing other places to socialise on the internet which tend to be smaller and more personal social networks, for example True-Friends.org and Anybeat before it plus in my case virtual worlds like Second Life. As like myself I rather socialise in a place created by the users not a faceless corporation or one persons flawed vision of the future of the internet.

Add to this growing numbers even on Facebook now just use it to keep in contact with friends and use it less and less reducing their presence there even to a point of not updating their status any more. Myself if it were not for friends who only use Facebook I would of removed my presence there totally.

It has not gone unnoticed to myself and others even some game companies who write Facebook games now are separating themselves from Facebook by creating their own sites to play their games and mini social web sites around their games.

In the end Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg have got it wrong blinded by their own greed and arrogance with a social web site which only exists because people are far too lazy to look elsewhere!

Facebook: Has Bubble Finally Burst?

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Facebook was floated this week with lot of controversy of their own and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, making. It looks like that Facebook both over valued themselves and they and their Banks were not totally honest about growth figures to their potential investors.

I think both Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have learnt a very harsh lesson about being honest and more open about their business and this will come back to haunt them as in the process they have shown as a company they have no real integrity and some very dishonest business paratices!

But we should not be surprised as both Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have always shown a blatant disregard to their users, intellectual property and privacy for years so we should not be surprised by their actions with potential investors!

Facebook may be the biggest Social Network in the world but it’s recent actions during it’s floatation has confirmed a lot of peoples views of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in so much they are not totally honest, open and only interested in making money regardless of the fact who get hurt.

Then add to this stories that advertising on Facebook simply does not work and the personification of new Social Networks on the internet who do not have any advertising and do not data mine users information it seams Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg bubble has burst finally!

Facebook as a company has got far too complaint as it grew and now is paying the price for it and they should remember the likes of Pan Am who may have been one of the biggest airlines in the world as it went out of business!


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Living Without Facebook

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It has been over a month since I finally deleted my Facebook account so not surprising I’ve not had a functioning Facebook account which will surprise some people out there who cannot live without a Facebook account!

I may of lost contact with some friends in the process of closing down my Facebook account but I have not missed it at all. I have suffered no withdrawal symptoms or regrets about it at all!

I have come to the conclusion in the months before I deleted my Facebook account it had stopped being any use to myself even as a method of keeping up with old friends.

It has had the side effect that I pay far more attention to Twitter and Plurk which have proved themselves far more useful as social web sites than Facebook ever was.

In conclusion you can live without a Facebook page and still have a presence on the world wide web on the social web sites.


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Is Facebook Paying the Price for it’s Poor Decisions?

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It really looks like finally Facebook is paying for it’s bad recent decisions with the loss of users both in Europe and United States. Facebook bubble has burst this being second story going around that things within Facebook are not as rosy as they want us to believe.

The other being the fact that Facebook is changing from a privately owned company to a public company under the shadow of potential losses.

All this because Facebook and it’s owners have in recent years have failed to resolve the security, privacy and performance issues of Facebook and if anything in their attempts to do so have made Facebook more difficult to use and understand.

Then add their recent actions against Second Life Avatars on Facebook which seems to had a little effect on Facebook’s membership as it seems I was not only Second Lifer who voted with his feet over Facebook’s actions.

So it is not surprising that Facebook’s membership has started to fall as I suspect there are a lot of dissatisfied users who are basically with Facebook’s continued failure to resolve their performance, privacy and security issues.

Facebook should stop trying to hide their problems by publicly denying them when everyone knows things are not right within Facebook itself. They should take this a wake up call but I suspect they will not and continue the tack they are on and wonder why people are starting to leave.

Facebook and it’s owners have become very complaisant and it has lost contact with their user base. The dream that was Facebook now has been tarnished by the actions of it’s owners, their greed and arrogance.

All that is left is a hollow shell of Facebook which is more well known for it’s game and applications than what it is actually created for which was a Social Web Site. It has became very apparent as I left Facebook that a lot of my friends on Facebook rarely actually used Facebook now even as a Social Web site!


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Facebook Ignores It’s Users Right to Privacy Again!

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Once again Facebook with the launch of it’s new feature face tagging has ignored it’s users right to privacy again in so much they did not give it’s users enough notification of the upcoming feature and once again it is up to the users to switch off the feature rather than opt in.

This is now a far two common occurrence on Facebook in recent times as all new features they have added have been done the same way. The only reason users on Facebook have found out about these features is from fellow Facebook users posting statuses informing other users that the feature has arrived.

Basically they way Facebook has introduced these features in recent times has been fundamentally wrong on so many levels as it stamps all over it’s user rights of privacy and civil liberties. Facebook and it’s founder Mark Zuckerberg do not have the right to determine their users privacy. In doing so they are stamping on people’s civil liberalities most of which have been hard won from governments then not to be taken away by an individual and his company.

Mark Zuckerberg view that life on the web should be social does not give him the right to determine what people keep private of not. He does not have that right and in doing so has set himself above the law and a danger to all our hard won civil liberties!

In my opinion both Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook should be brought to task for their actions as they are getting too big for their boots. If they are not stopped soon they will end up damaging the trust people have in Social Networks on the Internet.


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A Measured Response to Facebook’s Deletion of Avatars!

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It has taken me a while for me to response to Facebook action of deleting of a large majority of Second Life Avatars Accounts under the pretense of claiming that they are not real people as I have been very angry at Facebook!

It shows a complete lack of understanding of Facebook’s owners to what actually what Second Life is becoming which is a new social media through which real people socialize via and Avatar in a 3D world.

It was true that when first created Second Life was created as a game but as it developed it became very apparent to both Second Life’s creators and it’s residents it was much more than just a game. The more astute Second Life creators and residents soon realized it was the future of way people will eventually socialize on the Internet. This singular fact has not gone unnoticed by the big Computer Corporations like Microsoft and IBM to name a few.

But it seams that owners of Facebook along with a majority of people who have never tried Second Life have failed to understand this fact and they still live under the misconception that Second Life is still a game.

This is regardless of the fact these same people use various forms of Avatars and the such to interact with others on the Internet for example on Microsoft Xbox Live and even on Facebook itself with little understanding of what they are actually doing. Simply putting it they are doing exactly the same as a Second Life resident does within Second Life itself interacting with each other through an Avatar.

Putting in a very basic terminology Second Life residents now use Second Life as a social media interacting with each other as real people through their Second Life Avatars. A real world wide community has developed and still developing around Second Life itself which both spans the virtual and real lives of it’s residents.

To highlight this point from my own personal experience of Second Life I have met my real life partner through it and gained a number of real life friends which I still regularly keep in contact with and even visited our home in real life. Further to this my own partner has also visited Second Life friends in real life. This is on top of our continued presence within Second Life itself.

In conclusion it makes a mockery of Facebook’s reasons for deleting Second Life Avatar accounts off Facebook itself as far from being fake accounts on Facebook the Second Life Avatar accounts were real. In so much they represented real people in the real world with real aspirations and feelings just these accounts were for their Second Life Avatars so Second Life residents could interact outside of Second Life itself.

In the end it is only Facebook who are going to suffer from it’s actions as it already adds to the ever growing list of bad decisions they have made in recent years. As for Second Life and it’s residents it has made Second Life’s community stronger and done real damage to it.

As a final personal note I would urge Second Life Residents to delete both their Real Life and Second Life Facebook accounts because of this action as it shows a contempt Facebook hold both for it’s users and other social networks.

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Facebook: A Sorry State of Affairs!

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It is a sorry state of affairs when it is easier to update the Facebook status manually with an entry pointing to your new WordPress blog entry rather than use Facebook’s own API to do so because it is so unreliable!

It strikes me this is a step backwards o Facebook’s part and still highlights the fact that Facebook still has major stability and speed issues even now!

It seems the average Facebook user is very happy with this situation and they are also quite happy to accept the various other major glitches of Facebook with includes both privacy and security issues. This does say a lot about the average user of Facebook or the Internet in general, I’ll let you the reader figure out what I think of these people.

But it is usual smoke screen on Facebook’s part who constantly say they know about the problems and currently fixing them when in reality they really cannot be bothered as they full well know the average internet user will continue to use their social web site because they know nothing better and stupid enough to fall for Facebook’s hype.

Facebook has its uses and work rounds which mostly save my own sanity but for users like myself who know and do not trust Facebook totally keep our presence there to the minimum to reduce any potential problems. We know that Facebook’s team will not or has no intention of fixing it’s problems as they are too busy making money and blinded by their own success and hype!


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Facebook Does not Escape Criticism!

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In recent months I have had constant problems with Facebbok in the form of constant performance issues, loss of status, display problems and most of all with WordPress updating statuses on Facebook. Yes, the problems are not as bad as those of MySpace but all are very niggling and unnecessary!

Facebook is the only Social Web Site which I have constant problems and headaches with as others like Twitter, Microsoft Connect and Yahoo are far more stable with fewer glitches and if they glitch it is always because of a major fault not niggling minor faults!

It has got that bad with WordPress updating Facebook that I now have to manually update Facebook with the WordPress Status that I created a new journal entry because Facebook API frankly is too unreliable. This is a very sorry and disgusting state of affairs to have with such a major Social Web Site like Facebook!

Facebook may be the biggest Social Web Site in the world but it’s constant performance issues and glitches are detracting from it usefulness along with it’s difficult Privitacy and Application maintenance screen which frankly are nearly unusable other than by people with a lot of Computer knowledge!

Facebook talks the talk that it is improving it’s service, ease of use and stability but as a user I am not seeing any improvement in Facebook with just the same glitches and problems again and again. Facebook should really take note of the current state of MySpace as if the Facebook team does not improve way it’s software works especially with newer Social Web Sites on the way that will be themselves in the future!

As you gather I am very angry with Facebook because this is the umpteenth time I have commented at their problems and I must not be only one having such problems. It seams Facebook, like Google and Microsoft before, as a large company think they do not have to listen to the users but by not doing so will in the end they will pay the price if they done!

As a final note to those who constantly support Facebook please stop are you are giving them the excuse to continue with the same and not improve plus the argument they have a difficult time maintaining their site falls down when other companies can successfully do the same with less problems!

 

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Reducing My Presence on Facebook!

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After the problems of the last few days and problems elsewhere within Facebook I will in the next few months reducing my presence on Facebook to a minimum I need to function there and to keep in touch with friends there.

This will mean I will be removing all my photographs to another web site which I feel they are more secure than on Facebook, removing all applications and causes and in the end all I will have will be links to the sites including my blog on Facebook itself. So in the end all my Facebook account will hold will be my statuses, like Twitter, and links to other web sites which contain my blogs,  photographs etc.

The question is why am I doing this?

The answer is simple I am frankly annoyed with Facebook in general as I find it performance woeful to say the least and I do not trust their privacy settings and security even with their assurances they are fine. They are a big company which frankly does not care about it’s users, quality of their own software and it is getting too big for their boots!

This is my way to give Facebook and it’s creators the finger for being such ass holes. I know small gesture but if enough people did it things in our world would actually change but typically modern man is frankly too lazy and stupid to do anything!

 

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What a Cock Up!

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Once again the wonderful stability of the world’s leading social website strikes again of all days a Friday when everyone is getting ready for the weekend fun.

Once again Facebook is down for a number of users with no real explanation from Facebook why as per usual.

It seems to Facebook that users are not important enough to actually tell them that there are problems on their web site. You know those people who actually make Facebook what it is and pays their wages but hey Facebook does not deem them important!

As I said in an earlier journal entry here Facebook cannot rest on it laurels as such downtimes even for some users will cause them big problems especially when the word spreads and people start to question the stability of their web site!

Even Facebook cannot afford to have such large downtime problems as even the mighty can fall and have done in the past!

Facebook and Google are the best examples of companies who have grown too fast and boy does it show in their arrogance when dealing with it’s customers and world in general. They both show the singular fact that in the Information Technology Industry in general big is not beautiful but a big pain in ass for the users in general!

 

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