Posts tagged Facebook

I’ve asked Facebook why they’ve made configuring the News Feed so difficult in the current mobile redesign and I’ll update this post if I get an answer. But even if only a minority of users want to read their News Feed in chronological order, and even if there are clear business reasons for the changes, that still doesn’t excuse the outright hostility Facebook is expressing to its users in the most recent “most recent” update. The redesign is a flipped middle finger aimed directly at users who just want to do the most natural thing anyone wants to do with a piece of software: configure it to serve their own interests.

But this is the game Facebook has always played. Routinely changing privacy defaults to make user information more public. Removing functionality from the core app to push users to other Facebook services. Transforming user likes into sponsored advertisements without asking permission from users. The only surprise about the latest design change is just how much effort Facebook went to hide the “Most Recent” option this time around. I’m puzzled as to why the company didn’t not just remove it all together. At least that would be honest.

This is the case with the Android app, too. I don’t mind, though: Facebook’s abysmal failure of ad placement in the mobile app (after all, why would I want to go to a seafood restaurant, in say, Memphis, TN?) gives me plenty of material to post here.

Facebook does one thing good: it fosters a relationship with my cousins. But there are other things it does a shockingly poor with. This screen shot of my cellphone shows that collecting data on my ideological leanings is something that Facebook stumbles in.

Facebook does one thing good: it fosters a relationship with my cousins. But there are other things it does a shockingly poor with. This screen shot of my cellphone shows that collecting data on my ideological leanings is something that Facebook stumbles in.

Facebook: Spying even on what you DON'T share.

We spend a lot of time debating what to post on Facebook. We type out a message, then we rewrite it. Sometimes we erase it all together.

But the code that powers Facebook has been recording everything we type on screen, even if we don’t hit publish — and it wants to know why we aren’t sharing.

Turns out, Facebook has been monitoring, tracking and interpreting our unposted notes, comments and statuses this entire time, using even what we don’t say as metadata to pass on to spy agencies like the NSA or advertisers from Groupon to Mastercard.

Choosing not to share is supposed to be what little still protects us from governments and corporations that can hack our emails, bug our phones and turn on our webcams without our knowledge. Please, join us in demanding Facebook stop logging and storing this data, and start protecting our right not to publish!

PETITION TO FACEBOOK:
Respect our right to remain private, and stop storing information about what we type in drafts for Facebook comments, notes and statuses to share with spies and sellers.

Sign this Petition!

There is a word for a company who would indulge in the kind of equivalency to rationalize giving air to support this mound of mediocrity: whore.

There is a word for a company who would indulge in the kind of equivalency to rationalize giving air to support this mound of mediocrity: whore.

Look at what popped up on my Facebook page.
Watch how you advertise on Facebook, kids: this shows you how you can waste a lot of money and get so little in return.

Look at what popped up on my Facebook page.

Watch how you advertise on Facebook, kids: this shows you how you can waste a lot of money and get so little in return.

A George Zimmerman fanpage on Facebook

Report it as inappropriate content if you have a Facebook account, please.

Look at what popped up on my screen a few minutes ago.

Enjoy your white privilege, Zuck.

Maybe you’re looking at a system error. But I doubt that.

Look at how chintzy FB is now - they will prevent you from sending your e-mail address in a message. Just to try and keep you hooked make you work another way around it. Never mind charging you a dollar to send a message to a stranger, now they won’t let you talk to your friends there. Facebook thinks that you won’t find a work around, but it is offensive to be treated like an idiot like this.

If anyone from Facebook cares to comment or correct me and confirm that they do allow people to send e-mail addresses in personal messages, you have 45 days from the date of publication of this post to do it; just add a Disqus comment.

You know that Facebook ads are worthless when an ad for an event a long, long way from your home and not in your demographic (really, those girls look like they are in high school to me) end up on your news feed.
To top it off, the clown that bought the ad deleted my comment and blocked me from posting any more.
I wish I could find out if I’d have a better chance at winning the lottery than reaching a target audience with Facebook advertising.

You know that Facebook ads are worthless when an ad for an event a long, long way from your home and not in your demographic (really, those girls look like they are in high school to me) end up on your news feed.

To top it off, the clown that bought the ad deleted my comment and blocked me from posting any more.

I wish I could find out if I’d have a better chance at winning the lottery than reaching a target audience with Facebook advertising.