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Headscratchers: Facebook
  • Facebook has exposed more and more of your activity since it started, with every new version they launch. If you leave a job, they list the name of the company and the date you left on the live feed for all to see.
    • Likewise, they uped the security in the wrong places. It used to be you could friend anyone you see on there, but now, they have a block that prohibits you from friending someone who you have no prior connection with, determined by mutual friends or career or family relations! The pages of popular people, like celebrities, are prone to this.
    • That sounds like a good idea actually, especially if you're a celebrity or web personality. And there's always the option of messaging someone with such a block if you do indeed know them.
  • Why does Facebook have so many rogue apps, which just end up being viruses and survey scams? My friends post that crap on my wall all the time, and nothing gets done when I report the application. It's like Facebook, frankly, doesn't police their site well. -_-
    • The same reason pretty much every app marketplace open for public submission does; places like iTunes and the Android marketplace have a similar problem, if not quite on the same scale. Facebook likely has it much worse because a) its massive user base size makes it a very attractive prospect even compared to that of iTunes, and as demonstrated by your friends people may fall for them more readily on Facebook (no offence intended), and b) it's easier to slap something together for within an internet browser than it is to program for non-PC/Mac platforms. Yes, Facebook should be doing more, but admittedly do they do much in any other department of cleaning up and enforcing things?
  • I fail to understand why so many people bitch about Facebook like it's Big Brother using its evil computer to track every detail of your personal life. They only show information that you gladly offered up. If you don't want the whole world to know something, then don't post it for the whole world to see.
    • Keep in mind, these are usually the same people who bitch when they are woken up by a text instead of, you know, turning the phone off or using the silencing feature.
    • I can control my actions. I cannot control the actions of my comparatively computer-illiterate friends and loved ones who have "HEY YOU SHOULD JOIN FACEBOOK RIGHT AWAY" constantly pushed on them.
    • Every page with a Facebook 'Like' button on it will check your computer for a login cookie, and then report back to Facebook with information about the page you're on, linked to your account. I wouldn't call that 'information I gladly offered up'
      • OK? How is that hurting you exactly? You'd have a legitimate gripe if your credit card or other deeply personal information is being compromised, but I've yet to see that be the case. The paranoia is just ridiculous sometimes.
      • I've seen people accidentally "share" porn links (or a controversial news article, or an off-color music video on Youtube, or spamming some ridiculous Viagra ad) because they clicked a rogue "Like on Facebook" button by accident. I can't confirm if anyone's actually been fired/disowned/divorced/otherwise severely bitten in the ass by this, with the exception of extreme embarrassment and other social implications. While this is precisely what Private Browsing and No Script and such are designed for, Facebook being connected to fucking everything is somewhat intrusive.
      • On that note, why is there even an option to share porn links? It's stated in Facebook's rules and conditions that you can't post anything pornographic on the site. And besides that, what kind of person would be watching porn and suddenly think "You know, I should share this with all my friends."
      • I would have to agree with the original poster on this one, because generally while there is a lot of sketchy bullshit, any experience with computers will help you avoid that as well as some Genre Savviness. Yeah, facebook keeps track of and in many cases owns anything you put on there, but similarly to the iphone tracking controversy, the sheer traffic of it all would make it virtually impossible to try and control everyone Big Brother style. Imagine tracking the internet and facebook activity of every person on the planet that has facebook. You can't hire enough people to make that even close to practical. And even then, your Internet Service provider tracks every keystroke you've made into your browser unless you operate through many other proxys, hidden browsers, and other programs that I would not know anything about really, so getting on Facebook's and Apple's cases is trivial when anyone with legal approval can do that anyway. The only issue is that Facebook is more private and less bound by the law, but then again, there's no reason for you to ever enter in valuable enough information into anything on facebook that could harm you, such as credit card numbers, social security, etc., so just be careful. It's much safer than Real Life, anyway, even given all the risks.
  • The friends issue, adding someone you hate to your friends list just to unfriend them, adding everyone in sight and then having to unfriend all of them when you get aware of privacy, adding a few people and then being unfriended a couple of times and the emotional upheaval which does happen when that does happen, adding everyone and not unfriending anyone and getting spied on, being trolled and having to unfriend heaps of people, differing in opinion = valid reason to delete a person different from you even if reality they couldn't do it..
    • ...what?
    • That's without the habit of people being more likely to delete you if you even mention your opinion on there. In that sense it is clearly Humans Are Bastards.
  • Why is the site such a magnet for 419 Scam and advance-fee fraudsters? I heard somewhere it was the new way they operate.
  • Why have so few people taken Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to task for going against the original intent and spirit of the Internet? This original intent and spirit was to have people from all over the world, people who wouldn't have ordinarily been able to know each other, connect with each other based on shared interests. This was true in the 1960s with the Arpanet, in the 1980s with Usenet, and in the 1990s during the rise of the World Wide Web (i.e. the version of the Internet most people are most familiar with). Even earlier social networking sites (i.e. Friendster and MySpace) were built with that original and intended use in mind; you could find people based on what you listed as your interests and make friends with them. But Facebook makes it to where the only people you seem to be allowed to "friend" are the people you already know intimately from Real Life — your work colleagues or school classmates, friends, and relatives. That's not what going online is supposed to be about! If you want to update those people you interact with on a regular basis, you're supposed to e-mail them, give them a phone call, visit them, Skype with them, or even send them a snail mail letter! Using the powers of the WWW to connect with only those people from your own insular world is a waste of the technology's potential and capabilities and I am upset that Facebook has become so popular for that reason. I am also wondering why no one has taken the initiative to create a Facebook-killing social networking site that recalls the original intent of the Internet, a place where people can make friends with others with shared interests. I wish I could but I don't have that kind of time to devote to such a project.
    • There is no lofty and grand "original intent and spirit of the internet." The internet started as a network for the military. You're sorely mistaken if you think some group created the internet just to promote peace and love or something like that. The internet is a network of information, not some grand design like you seem to think.
    • Granted the persn above me is right, I do understand the Ops point. Really, facebook has become quite demanding as of late over the sternness of their rules, demanding phone numbers, government ID, security checks, etc. Things that people would rather not have online, but if they wish to keep their account they must submit them due to 'safety'. Understandable that facebook wishes to keep their uses (especially underage ones) however, they are attempting to play the role of parents and making the security of the site fairly unbearable. While the interwebs was created for the military, many people use it to connect with people that have similar interests outside of the people they see day-to-day in their regular lives. It is fun having friends that are from other states, countries, etc. Really, I do wish someone would create a site that could 'kill' facebook, however, it would be a very lofty project as facebook does have a pretty userfriendly interface and huge fanbase. Because simply put, even though facebook wants to protect their users, they go about it in the wrong way. Unintentionally making them put in personal information just to have acess to theier account. all in all, users should be protecting theirselves online, not the website itself.
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