YMMV / Facebook

  • Alt-itis: people often use multiple accounts in social games like Mafia Wars (even though this is against Facebook's policies, as well as those of many other games).
  • Broken Base
    • Hashtags. Even when they weren't functioning, some people still posted them on Facebook, while others think they're annoying and only belong on Twitter and Instagram. When Facebook made them actually work, those people were even more incensed.
    • Even Facebook stickers. For some, it's a harmless little change that can make chats cute (There's Pusheen). For others, it's a "useless add-on" or "a ripoff of Line Chat".
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Not really a meme, but the "Please give me a million likes so that I can get a puppy/a tattoo/a new car/etc" pictures rapidly fell out of favor after they started popping up all over the website for a number of increasingly stupid reasons. Some people have even parodied it, saying "If we get one million likes it won't change a thing because we have to work for what we want".
    • Similarly, the "X people for [action]" fell out of favor too, which was parodied with groups like "An Arbitrary Number Of People Demanding That Some Action Be Taken".
    • Recently, it seems to be "Type (Something) that doesn't have a (common vowel/consonant) in its title" to where it's actually parodied.
    • The "Be Like Bill" meme took over the site around late December 2015, and vanished just as quickly about a month later.
      • This isn't exceptional, regular facebook users will notice memes and other types of posts will be extremely common for a while and then, just kinda disappear.
  • Double Standard: Facebook's announcement of a new policy has stuck some users as this. The new rules would ban anything that "promotes violence" against women. While this sounds like a good idea many have criticized the rather vague and loose wording as well as the fact that is does not offer the same protections for men. The fact that it bases its judgments and training solely on feminist claims and (misunderstood) beliefs has also drawn some attention.
    • Regardless of your opinions on the matter, it is obvious that Facebook has a very strong anti-gun bias. Pro-gun Facebook pages get closed down on a regular basis for no stated reason, while groups such as Mom's Demand Action literally support genocide against gun owners and are never punished by Facebook.
    • While hate groups against the usual targets (Jews, African Americans, LGBT people, etc.) are not tolerated, hate groups against smaller, lesser known minorities (lesser known in the US at least) are often left alone no matter how many times they get reported for being racist.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The ever-expanding No Hope for the Human Race comedy group is this.
    • And George Takei.
    • Pusheen the Cat is a relatively popular sticker on Facebook too.
  • Fan Hater: Many opponents of Facebook have a Holier Than Thou attitude towards people who do use it.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With every. Site. EVER! Okay not literally. But its biggest rivals are Google+, Tumblr, and Twitter.
  • Good Bad Bugs: If you make a fanpage with the title in Chinese characters, Facebook fails to distinguish whether you're writing said characters as part of Chinese or Japanese and as such the URL will have the characters romanized as if they were part of Chinese regardless of context.
    • Due to Facebook being Banned in China, Japanese is more likely to be the intended language. It's a bad bad bug in that case.
  • Hype Aversion
  • Hype Backlash: Particularly Oop North.
  • Internet Backdraft: Expect any discussion of Facebook outside of a social networking site to be derailed by anti-Facebook rants.
  • Love It or Hate It: Wonderful way to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones, or just another annoying website that gives stalkers plenty of open and easy targets?note 
  • Memetic Mutation: '98% of teenagers would die if Facebook shut down. Copy and paste this to your sig if you are part of the 2% that would sit back and laugh.'
    • 'That Awkward Moment' when you realize that you are one of them.
    • You might want to make that 98% of the population. There are some facebook-crazy adults too, and they're not all under 25.
    • That awkward moment when you realize nobody really cares about your awkward moments.
    • Fake Facebook events involving singers and concerts at random restaurant venues. Notable ones include "Drake LIVE at Hooters at Peachtree", "GWAR at Cici's Pizza", "Ice T at Bill Miller", and others.
  • Newer Than They Think: Status updates and "Like" buttons. They're Facebook's two most well-known features, but the former didn't exist for the first five years of the website's lifespan, and the latter didn't exist for the first six years. Despite this, Facebook actually started gaining widespread popularity many years before either of them were introduced.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Ashleigh Hall incident, and a few other ones.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Facebook pretty much has all of your personal information, your tastes, and your social circle.
    • Of course, you could simply not put it there to begin with.
    • The founders of Facebook had proven themselves to be skillful hackers.
    • Take This Lollipop deconstructs your whole Facebook experience by putting the viewer In Another Man's Shoes of a psychotic stranger. The catch? You need to be connected to Facebook.note 
    • The "Like" button on many websites, including This Very Wiki, records that you've visited it, even if you're not logged into Facebook. Yes, Facebook knows every site you visit! Yes, all of them.
    • The aptly named "Stalker Apps." Facebook has always been jokingly accused of being friendly to Stalkers since you can find out every detail you want to know about a person from the comfort of your home, but then facebook started adding mechanics in which you can actually find the exact spot a person is posting from. Now not only do stalkers know everything about you they now know where you are.
    • It's not Paranoia if they're really out to get you: In 2014, it was revealed that Facebook was intentionally manipulating which posts its users saw (more negative, more positive, etc) in a social experiment to see how people reacted.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Whenever something goes wrong with Facebook or a new update or interface change is introduced, expect hundreds of angry users posting about how it's all Fuckerberg's fault.
  • The Scrappy: Many Facebook games and apps, especially Farmville.
    • The "Top Stories" feature. Most people just want to go on Facebook to look at posts that happen chronologically, not random posts. Even worse is that Facebook sometimes forces the "Top Stories' feature without people knowing. Fortunately, it's easy to switch it to "Most Recent".
    • The "Messenger" app is this. It currently has a 1 Star rating on the App Store and people complain on how it uses your information and eats up your mobile data too fast. People also complain that Facebook is forcing users to download it.
    • The "On This Day" feature for Facebook can be this for a lot of people. Sure, it can give you some posts from that one trip you went to a few years ago, but at the same time, it can constantly annoy and bug you about someone that you don't want to be reminded about anymore, including past relationships, people who aren't friends anymore, posts that you regret posting, and others. What really puts salt in the wound for the "past relationship" deal is that "On This Day" actually allows you to filter out memories of people ... however, it doesn't let you filter out people outside of your friend's list, which is usually the case for people who broke up after relationships.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Sometimes it blocks you from sending friend requests and private messaging to people who do not know you for a week for constantly sending friend requests to someone who may not know you. Emphasis on "may".
    • The "Seen at (Time)" Feature on Facebook Chat. It's a little timestamp on Facebook Chat that lets people know when they've seen messages, but it can also lead to mass paranoia, as one could think that they're ignoring them if they don't reply or don't see it at all.
    • The "Other" mailbox. It works like the junk mail folder on your email and most messages there are typical spam messages, but every-so-often will serious messages from people you're not friends with (usually from your job or school) asking questions you could answer to be placed there as well. How many check their "Other" mailboxes on a regular basis? Some people doesn't even know they have that mailbox.
    • If your name is not your real name, and Facebook's staff finds out, they will threaten to disable your account unless you change to your real name. Even if it is your real name, you may get flagged for using a fake name anyway, and will have to provide government-issued evidence that it is your real name. As for why this is seen as a Scrappy Mechanic, let's just say Double Standards for what constitutes a real-looking name, people who use pseudonyms for safety reasons, and people whose legal names are deadnames are involved and leave it at that.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many noticeable changes tend to get flak from many users. The more major ones will result in various protest groups with memberships of at least 1 million users.
    • The timeline is probably the most infamous to date. It received much hate for loss of privacy by making it easier for other people to look up your Facebook history. Facebook was also more aggressive than usual in forcing it to the users. They had a huge "Switch to Timeline" button just above your tiny Profile Button, as if to make you accidentally hit that button. And even if you were careful, Facebook eventually changed to the Timeline anyway.
    • The fact that you can no longer customize which friends are "featured" in your profile have been ticking off the head of many, mostly because they are sick of total strangers, people they dislike or "just acquaintances" randomly appearing in their featured friends box.
    • Also, see the Scrappy Mechanic entry above.
  • Vocal Minority: Not everybody feels the need to advertise every single aspect of their lives on the site, but when it's always the same people, to the point where they recurrently litter your wall with their relationship problems, it makes you realise why people tend to look down on Facebook and social-networking in general.

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