What's even worse about Facebook ads is, that a lot of them appear to be by shady businesses and outright scams. Now, I've been considering putting up a FB page for my business for quite a while, and advertising on FB, but that sounds more like becoming associated as a scammer.
I agree - It's bad software, and they've lost it, and it will get worse instead of better.
I like this comment:
"Why do free social networks tilt inevitably toward user exploitation? Because you’re not their customer, you’re their product."
Nobody makes any money on blocked ads. All that's left is user data. To make each good quarter return, more and more of that data has to be exposed and permanently available according to the TOS that changes quicker than a celebrity's rehab history.
Couldn't agree more. Yikes... I think I will take that original quote and put it up on FB! You know, I really dig certain aspects of social networking - just joined a MacCentral survivors group and have lately rounded up some cool friends via that era - but the personal data exposure part really gives me the heebie jeebies. In a very real sense, FB has to sell us in order to attract business. It's inevitable.
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Originally Posted By: VarmintBlubber
In a very real sense, FB has to sell us in order to attract business. It's inevitable.
I agree that they have to do this to survive since users don't pay into it. The problem is in the lack of transparency in their methods. If they would be upfront and tell users that, in order for the service to remain free, their advertisers have to have access to some of their information, I don't think they'd meet as much resistance. Or, despite people's protests that they'd never do so, charge a small fee. I think people find enough of the aspects of FB useful to kick in a little each year.
EDIT: Or, make all the privacy settings wide open for free users and charge a small fee to those who wish to keep all their data inaccessible to advertisers. Some people don't care about their privacy anyway.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, I believe FB automatically starts a page or group for your business.
What it does now, too, is if, for example, you status update with a post citing your admiration for your boss, because he is not "retarded management", then you're automatically part of the Retarded Management group.
Their willy nilly mode is a trainwreck and gives hardly an indication of user preferences, thus pretty worthless really to any data-mining customer. Not only is it bad software, it's probably pretty worthless user-preference data.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, I don't know how entirely accurate my statement was about pulling stuff from status updates.
In my haste to make the point succinctly and quickly, I just type in stuff and don't get it right sometimes.
All I know is that, like you, I don't use Facebook much, so seldom login, and whenever I do, everything's all different.
Last login, I found I belonged to 200+ groups, when before it was only a handful or less. They look to be from phrases I've typed in, maybe from interests, work history, education, whatever, and possibly from status updates. It's hard to tell. They all make sense, as they're hooked by phrases and words I've used, but where, with all the random stuff they're doing now, it's hard to tell.
It's funny - I like a few women authors' books - Now I belong to all these groups, and I probably look like a LGBT
It's a mess. Deleting all that stuff is a pain in the arse.
Know what gets me? The fact that you can delete a ton of stuff and FB keeps it all anyway. Your account never really dies. There's a method of meticulously deleting all your friends, one by one, and doing the same with all your albums, groups, etc. It takes a long time. I did it once when I de-activated the account, a little over two years ago. But all of that stuff is probably still floating around. Much like Gmail probably keeps 'deleted' mail... it's the net - stuff never dies!
I love how FB lets me network with all sorts of people from my past and keeps me up to date. Sometimes the relationships can be mighty tenuous, of course. But if the usability to annoyance ratio changes up for the worse, I am prepared to (laboriously!) abandon ship.
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