10 thoughts on “Facebook”

  1. I bailed on Facebook a couple years ago. Too much Big Brother and control freakery.

    I’ve never missed it.

  2. I’m still on FB. But my current stint in Twitmo (1 week for a tweet I sent to Patrick Leahy over 2 months ago, saying transgender people needed treatment) means I will switch completely to Gab.ai.

    I’ll still view my favorite Twitter feeds (like Rand’s), but only in incognito mode. That way Twitter can’t sell my eyeballs, and I won’t have to skip past “Promoted” tweets.

  3. I never used any of them, although I do have a gab account I forget how to get into. I’ve always thought the potential for mischief was too great.

    1. Twitter is cool because you can often talk to people you would never get a chance to in real life or via email. Journalists, scientists, authors, celebrities, government officials, ect. It is a great way to find links to things to read on any subject you want.

      The problem with Twitter is that it has a corporate culture that helps authoritarian tyrants abroad and in the USA.

      It should be easy to replicate and innovate on the Twitter concept but the strength of the platform comes from how many people use it. You can convince individuals to move to a new platform but what about your local police department or school district? You can find some really great information tweeted by government agencies that you would otherwise have to navigate a bunch of obscure websites to find.

      1. Why would I want to talk to journalists, celebrities, government officials? Journos are invariably stupid, celebrities mostly don’t have a brain and government officials are mostly crooks trying to earn a dishonest living. Scientists and authors, maybe but most maintain websites.
        I use a search engine to find things I want to read about.

  4. FB is nice to see pics of family and friends and what not but I don’t need to see distant friends ranting about politics or have all of these political memes and commercials blasted at me as I try and see how people are doing.

    Zuck was following in the footsteps of other social network entrepreneurs who attempted to impose their own theories of social interaction on mass audiences

    Free speech, anonymity, and privacy are just a few things the Technocrats want to do away with. There is an aspect of making money but mostly its about controlling people.

  5. If your spouse:

    1) Deletes the fact that they are married to you from FB, and gives a lame-ass excuse for not restoring that fact

    2) Is logged onto FB when they say they are working extra hours in an environment which doesn’t permit such things

    3) Has people you’ve never heard of post the fact that they’re at a party with your spouse during one of these supposed extra work hours

    Then you know that your spouse is trying to maintain two FB identities, and the one you don’t recognize is the real one. Had I been smarter, I would have seen it coming.

    1. Did you ever read Michael Crichton’s “Prey”?

      Not saying that a person’s spouse was not only wearing open-heel shoes, “working late” and hiding information but also turning into a nanobot-swarm zombie.

      On the other hand, the Wikipedia entry suggests Michael Crichton had a difficult personal life. And novelists write about what and who they know, which would be themselves. His novels offer insights into these things.

  6. Since when does anyone take anything from “boing boing” seriously?

    As I’ve pointed out elsewhere when someone brought up this article, it does not reflect my experience at all. On the other hand, I pay zero attention to the FB news feed. I use the site to keep in touch with friends and get useful or entertaining tidbits from them, and try to return the favor. It’s also a nice place for special interest groups like modeling or history.

    I’ve never put any sensitive data up, so there’s nothing at risk. Frankly is seems to have become a conservative “thing” to diss FB in the same way it’s expected to dislike electric cars or Apple products. Sorry, not buying into the groupthink.

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