Facebook: A Reflection of Western Society!

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A friend on a small social network reminded by why I left Facebook over a year ago with his comments about his experience on returning back to Facebook after 4 months. In so much it was still a social network which is racked with hate and conflict between various groups who rather than argue in a civilised fashion but at a level of verbal abuse and bullying.

I am not surprised that nature of Facebook has not changed since I left and if anything with recent events especially in Paris and the Middle East I suspect it’s very nature will of got worse with more people spreading more hate and extremist views all under the pretence of being social network.

All made worse by the owners of Facebook who seam incapable to properly moderate their own social network especially they cannot use the excuse they do not have the tools as they certainly do as they can already locate and remove undesirables from their massive social network. Plus if they do not have such tools you have to wonder their competence to even run a social network unmoderated!

But if seams that owners of Facebook are unwilling to moderate heir social network and allow people to spread hate and extremist views all under the pretence of the freedom of speech.

This regardless of the fact a large number of views people post on Facebook potentially very damaging to fabric of society in general in so much they enforces intolerances in society under this right of freedom of speech. Such intolerances including religious, racial even sexual orientation to name a few.

If such remarks were made outside of Facebook in public or media here in United Kingdom especially those which involve religion and race it is highly likely they will fall foul of the law as it stands. So why do the people and Facebook itself think it is acceptable to say such things on a public social network on line?

But as always it is both lack of understanding of the large majority of the Facebook users and their governments who fail to grasp the simple fact anything they say on Facebook is in the public domain and no different to saying on the street where such remarks are not accepted by society in general.

On top of which Facebook also reflects the way Western society deals with important matters of race, religion and sexual orientation rather than in a civilised and measured way but in a confrontational manor tempered by a political correctness which both stop anything actually being solves if anything encourages more hate and bullying from both sides.

My personal view if it hight time for the owners of Facebook to stop hiding behind the pretence of freedom of speech and actually take responsibility for their social network and educate it’s members it is not acceptable for a member of a civilised society to spread hate and bully people.

Personally I ask people like myself who are fed up of what Facebook has become to leave it and go back to the old fashioned way of making friends by actually going out meeting people or even exploring the wonders of the internet more as there are some gems of people and sites out there both real and virtual!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

On the Other Side is Back!

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After the first failed attempt of my own social web site using Oxwall and a lot of work and some inspired guess work my own social web site, On the Other Side!, is back up and running using WordPress/BuddyPress and various plugins associated with them.

Over the past month I have been working on the new version of the web site which included moving it on to a new server at home which went remarkably well and a lot easier than I expected. Though I expect I will continue to add and remove features on the new social web site depending if existing features prove useful or not and new features are added to WordPress/BuddyPress.

But at least it is now a workable social web site waiting for my friends and interesting people to join me there which I hope my friends join me there so I can keep up with them outside of the mainstream social networks.

Only issue I now have is with sloggers and spammers who insist on joining my social network in vain hope someone will listen to their pathetic messages. Luckily I have a wonderful plugin which stops the large majority of them in their tracks which is very entertaining especially now they are helping the hits on my site.

Those of you who wish to join me there just follow the link: http://theotherside.changeip.net/

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Ello There!

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A new social network has hit the internet called Ello which claims to be advert free and it will not sell personal information to companies but as always there is a but the users will have to pay for certain features usage. Strangely this is appealing to a lot of Facebook users who are getting fed up of Facebook’s high handed attitude to users privacy and added to this the myriad of adverts on Facebook which distract from Facebook’s effectiveness as a social network.

But as always just because Ello claims to be free of adverts and the user data will not be sold to companies on top of which it claims to be a social network users still should be very wary about rushing into a new social network. This is because not all is rosy in Ello’s garden as it still under development and currently lacks real safe guards and security to block unwanted attention from other users and the such.

This is one of the cases when standing back and watching how Ello develops first and it’s creators are true to their word as out there in the internet there a lot fly by night people and people with good ideas which turn out to be a real nightmare for the users themselves!

Though what Ello does highlight with 31,000 applications from Facebook users asking to be added to Ello the growing dissatisfaction of some Facebook users with very nature of Facebook that is amount of adverts, lack of privacy of data and the fact companies have access to their personal data. It also highlights the fact if a real alternative to Facebook with was purely a social network with adverts etc. appeared a large number of Facebook users would defect to the alternative.

Though on the flip side Ello also show the large number of Facebook users foolishly really don’t care that Facebook sell there personal data to companies and it compromises their privacy. Of cause in the end these people will suffer the consequences of their actions with lost of privacy and quality of life because of it!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Social Networks: Big is Not Always Beautiful!

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I think I have said this before about the fact that smaller and less centralised social networks are far more personal and on a human scale than the larger global social networks. But I thought I would repeat that as I am leaving Twitter finally after a weeks deliberation and thoughts of it real usefulness to my life in general.

One conclusion I have come to about the global social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the such is that big is not always beautiful or functional in the case of social networks.

At the start such social networks served a real useful function of bringing people together over the internet and served a real beneficial function of creating real communities on the internet. But as they have grown they have become far too big to a point now they cannot function as they did in the early days in so much they have become far too impersonal and difficult for one individual to comprehend the sheer scale of the social network itself.

In the end the size of these social networks has destroyed there usefulness as social networks as people in every day life really only deal with relatively few people on a daily basis and cannot really cope of copperhead the sheer number of people on such large social networks like Facebook or Twitter.

My personal view the future of social networks should not be the monoliths like Facebook or Twitter but more decentralized social networks which work on a far more smaller and manageable level so people can cope and comprehend what is going on the social networks in question.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Starting to Question Twitter’s Usefulness!

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I have started to question just how useful and usable Twitter is as both social web site and place to get news as now it is starting to become a place much like Facebook has become full of useless trivial remarks, useless information and worse of all becoming a place where people troll, bully and abuse other people. Add to this even with the people I follow or follow me can also be accused of spreading hate and most definitely distorted and uninformed propaganda to promote their causes almost at any cost.

What really got me thinking especially recently was the fact that Robin William’s daughter had to leave Twitter because of the abuse from trolls and basically unthinking, vindictive people who thought it was quite acceptable to throw abusive remarks and pictures at her.

I have been slowly backing away from Twitter in past few year or so to a point now I really only now use it to post links to my blog and much like Facebook before it, it has not generated that many hits on my blog other than it distorts the actual number of followers I have on my blog by including my Twitter users as my blog followers.

I must not only one who is starting to question the validity of the large social networks like Facebook and Twitter to be called social networks any more and I must not be only one to notice they have become places where people, companies and groups either out to sell their products, promote their political views even spread their messages of hate and intolerance.

Twitter much like Facebook before it is starting to fail as a social network much as did Facebook has done before it in so much it now not what you call a social network any more which promotes social interaction which makes it’s very existence in it’s present form very questionable indeed.

But unlike Facebook I will think long and hard about if I leave Twitter as it may be failing like Facebook but it is not as bad as Facebook yet!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

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!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

In and Out of Love With about.me!

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about.me is one of those things which I fall in and out of love with depending on my mood at the time. It is one of these useful little web site things which gives you a simple to create web page which sort of reflects your own identity on the internet.

It is meant to be simple, small and concise as that is the very essence of about.me and the way it conveys your identity on the web. After all it is a far more effective way to grab people’s attention with something which is small and direct to the point much like if you meet someone face to face. After all we all do it make up our minds on the first impression when we meet someone the first time.

about.me is not perfect as it, much like most software of it’s ilk, has both a limited free version and all singing paid version which is much more customizable. My only real complaint with free version the owners of about.me have got far stingy over the years with what they give away in so much the quality of Statistics page in the free version has got worse over time I have been using them.

But other than these minor gripes and the fact I keep falling in and out of love with it depending on my mood and views at the time it certainly does what it claimed very effectively and elegant way. Plus it is certainly easy to use even if you are not a geek or ubergeek as I claim I am sometimes in moments of weakness.

about.me can be found on the web at http://about.me definitely worth a look and play with if just for fun.

And my personal about.me profiles, I have two as I both have a real and virtual me on the internet, can be found for real self at http://about.me/firstcapricorn and my virtual self at http://about.me/lutherspectre.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal journal of mine just follow the link to Acta Spiritu Amisso.

Please Note: I also have a small personal social network which is invitation only just follow the link to Luther’s Chosen Few.

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