A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Yahoo, AOL and a whole raft of other providers allow free email accounts.
no wonder the program is having such problems.
Glad I got off Facebook a few months back.
It wasn't so bad when I first joined in... 2006? But I spent most of my time on Facebook hating it. I kept it for one simple reason: I traveled a lot and some of my best and most awesome friends may as well be on the moon. As easy as it is to say "just write emails," the reality is that sometimes that doesn't happen. Facebook was the easiest way to maintain or re-initiate contact over varying spaces of being out of touch, distant, or distracted. I didn't friend someone if I didn't A. know them in reality, and B. like them enough to call them my actual friend.
The privacy issues finally got the better of me. To cut to the chase, I wound up with quite a few creeps following me around the internet, and I had a couple hack attempts. I tried to switch accounts. But they were back in under a week. It was futile, because Facebook makes it impossible to protect your privacy. Then I read a little more about Facebook and Zuckerberg and realized what a creep he is himself.
I got rid of my Facebook and moved to Diaspora. I tried to get some of my friends over... and a couple of them did go. But, unsurprisingly, most of them didn't. Even though every last one of them has been complaining about Facebook, on Facebook no less, for years.
Some of those very distant and vulnerable friendships may fall by the way-side. Oh well. Facebook is a pretty awful company and I couldn't subject myself to it any more.
As for (possibly) Anonymous... posting mutilated corposes to people's profiles is not a good way to make an intellectual point.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 11-17-11 at 10:06 PM.
I must have a bunch of really smart friends on facebook because I have not seen anything. Now, I have seen friends posting something about their friends leaving porn on their feed. I also saw a link that said 99% of people cant watch this for 15 seconds but I would never click on that. Other than that, no problems.
I hate FB. It's intrusive and no...you can't remove anything once you join. Now it is where anyplace you go on the net you are invited or urged "log in" via you FB.
Talk about Big Brother.
The way they roll out changes, roll them back and then go forward again with the same change or more, really bugs me too. Zuckerberg is always acting in bad faith, IMO.
What's even scarier is all those websites that go along with the intrusion. It is up to the people to decide if their privacy is important to them or not. Family? Friends? If they can't email me and keep it between us, then they aren't family or friends I want.
It's no different than sitting in a restaurant with your loved ones and using a bullhorn that is heard around the world everything you say. EVERYTHING. And stating you can make it private? Um hm. "I'm from the IRS and I'm here to help you".
"Come into my parlor" said the spider to the fly.
But even with my savvy, I couldn't do it. I was aware of that - I never posted anything I wouldn't leave laying around on Facebook. I knew that wasn't enough, but the convenience got me. Eventually it'll hurt you, if for no other reason than that you can't get rid of stalkers and Facebook is totally unresponsive to this kind of thing. I was fairly well-known in an industry for a while, saw some bad stuff going down, whistleblew, exited stage-right, and spent the next 6 months fighting off stalkers and other malicious internet activity.
The only solution wound up being deleting almost every online account I had, abandoning all of my old usernames, and even vanquishing my shortened first name from everything except my official published works (there's more, but I won't bore you with the 20-page list of everything I had to do to wipe the slate). Do you have any idea how much work that is when you have an internet history going back to 1999? It took months. I even had to root my phone because it wouldn't stop phoning home to Facebook, and it kept re-activating my account. Had I not had a Facebook, I probably could have worked it out without so much slash-and-burn.
And that's to say nothing of the general concern of someone who has shown himself to be a major stalker, and instills that mentality in his employees, having virtually all of your online usage data.
I got in under the line. Before Timeline came out, and in a part of history where it's still possible (if extremely difficult) to mostly start over. But in a few years it probably won't be. And even with how thorough of a job I did, Facebook will always have a crapton of data on me from my 5 years on their site and the tracking they did. I still have to watch my cookies for signs of Facebook.
It's pervasive. And people who don't care aren't paying attention. People who do care and don't do anything are making the same stupid mistake I did, essentially standing around and waiting for it to bite them.
No amount of convenience is worth that. I'm a full-grown adult and it's high time I learned how to remember to send a damn email. It's not worth it.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 11-18-11 at 12:29 AM.