Facebook vs Everybody

facebook webandrank.thumbnail Facebook vs Everybody It might be the case that Mark Zuckerberg is acting belligerently in his quest to dominate cyber space with 400 milion active users with more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products .

As a student at Harvard University I’m sure Mr Zuckerberg had no delusions of grandeur but it seems that as if some old sayings hit the nail on the head; in the word of Lord Acton ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. As Facebook grows and grows and grows and grows it will be increasingly difficult for it’s creator to resist those hugely lucrative and often unethical business deals.

Not only does power corrupt those with it to generate more and more wealth but it also makes it impossible to relinquish power to a competitor. Some of the Facebook practices over the last couple of years might be making facebook the Robert Mugabe of the World Wide Web. Or, maybe it’s more like Kim Jong  turning its users into brain-washed fanatics completely unaware of how they could be potentially harming themselves.

Let’s review some of the reasons why Facebook has come under fire recently:

Privacy issues. Facebook does not guarantee privacy and never has. Third parties are able to look at your information and this has had detrimental effects for employees, people looking for work, defendants, stalked women, young children, sports men and women, boyfriends and girlfriends etc etc (see www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-can-ruin-your-life-and-so-can-myspace-bebo-780521.html). The opt-out procedure for privacy settings is no good. The confusing jargon and user-interfaces tricks users into sharing more info about themselves than they really want to.

Privacy issues. Facebook sells your private data to advertising companies in order for them to generate powerful market research. Facebook depends on making an ocean of cash by making personal information available to marketers in order to compete in the ad war with Google.

The spirit of Facebook. I believe that Facebook has become the embodiment of all that is evil about High School. It makes us greedy wanting more and more friends ‘hey everybody look how popular I am!’; we become envious of those doing better than us ‘how did she manage to get such a hunk of a boyfriend?’ or ‘is that a Porsche he’s driving?’; the first question people ask themselves when they take a photo is ‘how many people can I make jealous on facebook with this one?’; bitchings, dumpings, vicious arguments are a daily occurrence on facebook and I know I became a part of one once and it wasn’t pretty; finally, it’s the addiction factor I can’t say that my biggest peeve right now are people that up-date their facebook status everything 30 minutes ‘just going to the toilet’, ‘just got back from the toilet – best crap ever!’.

This one I’m unsure about. It distracts people from their work and upsets bosses. Ok well maybe facebook is not all bad.

It’s not safe. It is easy for people to send malicious software into your beloved computer.

This is a biggie. Every time you upload a photo, write a piece of text or import your blog it becomes in whole and with no exceptions the property of facebook. They can copy, manipulate and sell it as many times as they like.

This is standard practice but worth remembering. I thought I should quote this verbatim. “We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time without further notice” Whatever the terms of use say about privacy, safety etc it has no relevance it can be changed at any time.

Facebook’s sneaky tactics. The facebook company posts fake answers on such sites as yahoo answers and creates fake blog articles which makes finding negative content about facebook more difficult in order to maintain popularity.

The annoying thing is that I have a facebook account and it doesn’t look like I’m going to delete it. I don’t share any personal information and try to keep pictures of my weekend cross dressing habit secret. Of course nobody can really take apart the core concept of facebook but like I said before power corrupts, 500 million users is a staggering amount and I’m such Mr Zuckerberg has one hell of a grim on his face as he drives his golf cart around his mansion.