25 September 2011
Dear Facebook, It's Over, and It's Not Me. It's You
I logged into Facebook today after not being on for a couple of weeks. FB saw fit, while I was gone, to change its interface again, but why? What was wrong with the old one? Why does FB mess about with its users so much? Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ? I've been glad to be able to be in touch so easily with family and friends but over the years of Facebook use I have come to detest the experience - not the content, but the constant tampering with privacy settings, status updates, and the whole way one uses the website - and and I don't know whether I will continue. I'll continue to feed my blog posts there for whatever that's worth, as I do for Twitter; I used Twitter for about a month back in 2009, then never again and never looked back. I wonder if FB realizes, it has a lot of users but MySpace once did, too, and where's MySpace now? Like MySpace, FB was a phenomenon, an intersection of time and interest and dumb luck, as far as I can tell, on behalf of the people who created it. The next new thing will come, technology will move on, as with this new thing with Google, or something else, and the crowd will follow.... Does FB not understand that no one loves it, but simply puts up with its crap? And that as soon as something better comes along, FB will be dumped, willfully and joyfully, like the boyfriend/girlfriend you finally realized wasn't that into you? FB isn't that into us - FB is into the money it earns from our mouse-clicks and our page-views and the fact it can say it has so many bazillion users. It doesn't respect us however (example: the privacy setting manipulations, or try to de-activate your account and see how far you get!). I've been able to get something out of the deal up until now, and maybe you have, too, but for me the balance has tipped. Sorry, FB, but you don't bring me flowers anymore and the ones you used to bring me, frankly, weren't all that great to begin with.