A Common Misconception About Facebook!

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The funniest moment yesterday is when some of my colleagues actually thought people socialise on likes of Facebook!

Well it just shows the real lack of skills some of my colleagues have with social interactions if they really think people socialise on Facebook as from personal experience on Facebook the last thing people actually do is socialise there any more.

If anything a large majority of people on Facebook just talk about themselves and the good things about their lives to anyone who will actually listen to them or give them any attention even how small. Few actually have what I would call real meaningful conversions about anything unless it some trivial matter which could be better talked about else where.

Add to this a large amount of self serving people who are simply there to promote themselves, their political views and even businesses which sort colours any conversions there to either a stream of propaganda promoting their views rather than actually holding a real conversation or social interaction with anyone there.

The most damning thing about Facebook is simply those people there who are simply there to throw abuse, spread lies and hate to anyone gullible to listen to them or even verbally attack anyone with vile and sicking abuse who dares to disagree with their points of view.

What worries me is that people using Facebook regularly think this behaviour in any social media is totally acceptable thing and always they give the simple answer you can always block someone if they gets abusive. But, it is a big but, that does not solve this fundamental flaw of Facebook that people both and run Facebook allow these people to peddle their hate, sick and abusive views to continue.

Just because it is online these people seem to forget they are dealing with real people, real issues and what they type there will effect anyone. It is as if users of Facebook use the fact that it is online as an excuse to not take any responsibility for what they type and the way it effect others.

I will repeat this until it sinks into the large majority of Facebook users we would not accept such behaviour in face to face social interactions so why do we accept such behaviour over social networks as it is still wrong and abuse of other people rights, sensibilities even in some case simple out and out bullying!

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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!

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