Archive for February, 2012
I’ve been a member of the Seattle Tech Startups for quite a while. Its a great spot for advise, geekery, and debate.
Recently we’ve been discussing one member’s thought on creating a demotivational poster that ranks Web 3.0 services according by the D&D alignment system. (An example using sci-fi/fantasy characters.)
One of the list members said “that Facebook is the ultimate evil out there right now, but yet pretends to be good.” another member asked the first member to explain, when Jason Gerard Clauss over at ClaussConcept jumped in and provided a succinct list that clearly conveyed my uneasiness and dictate of Facebook. Without further introduction, Jason’s post:
- While Google does use your personal information to serve you ads, increasing the value of their ad space, they seem to respect the privacy of your information, keeping it locked within their walls. Facebook has no qualms about publishing your actions to the world and in fact Zuckerbag has publicly identified himself as an enemy of privacy.
Google and most other companies have an attitude toward UX wherein they determine what the user wants and then attempt (with varying degrees of success) to serve the user just that. Facebook’s MO is to design the UX based around their own goals, no matter how much the user hates it, bludgeon the design into the user, and correctly realizes that eventually the user will wear down and forget what a good UX was. Google and Apple never face the level of backlash for their changes that Facebook does because Facebook is openly defying user desires.
Facebook is extremely hostile toward grassroots organization and intelligent debate. They completely ruined the old group system which was much better than the current piece of crap which is inferior for group organization. They even made it impossible to convert old-school groups into pages (which have no fan limit). There remains no good native forum tool on Facebook. It’s certainly not for lack of resources. It’s intentional. It’s all part of the plan to stupefy the user.
It wasn’t until G+ basically forced them to that they introduced obvious features like unfollowing posts and grouping people into circles. It goes back to their interest in turning people from individuals to hollow, identical vessels all connected superficially to one another, each knowing about the next person’s every detail right down to their last bowel movement.
- Facebook deleted Wikileaks’ fan page.
Finally… Mark Zuckerberg, that bug-eyed little creep. Nuff said.
I still use Facebook as I have many friends who insist on using it, and who likely will continue to do so for quite some time. However, I limit what content I put on there, and I whip its UX into shape with Social Fixer which works in a rough open source way.