6 Reasons I Hate Facebook [Geeks Weigh-In]

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FacebookLogo2   6 Reasons I Hate Facebook [Geeks Weigh In]Back in February 2004, Facebook was launched as an online platform to facilitate communication between college students. Gradually the service opened up to more colleges, more students and finally anyone over the age of 13.

Facebook has now evolved into the single-most popular social networking service on the web. There are currently more than 500 million active users of the service, uploading photos, playing games and letting their network of friends know exactly what they’re up to with well-timed status updates.

Despite being so useful at times, Facebook also suffers from its own breed of drawbacks. Here’s my own personal list of Facebook frustrations.

I can’t talk to anyone from Facebook itself

For a company that employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and stores more than half a billion users’ data on its servers, it seems somewhat wrong that you can’t get an answer to a question from a human being.

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The Facebook help page is an endless loop of pre-approved answers designed to walk you through the most basic and self-explanatory features offered by the website. You can report a group for suspected breaches of the terms of agreement, you can request to have your intellectual property removed but you can’t shoot them an email if the help topics don’t quite cut the virtual mustard.

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The company’s revenue exceeded $800 million in 2009, so hiring a few more staff probably wouldn’t break the bank.

Privacy or anti-privacy?

It’s probably been a while since you made your Facebook account, but by default all new users status updates, photos and posted items are viewable by everyone. As for photos you’ve been tagged in, well, they’re available to your friends and oddly enough, friends-of-friends.

These are Facebook’s default and “recommended” settings for new accounts. Many others have yet to update their privacy settings, and everything is viewable to literally anyone.

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Personally, I think you’re mad if you leave anything viewable to “anyone” – would you simply invite a stranger into your home for a cup of tea and a good look through your photo albums? How about standing in the city centre confessing that you’re off to Majorca for two weeks, so feel free to drop by and rob the TV?

Facebook has received a lot of stick for its broken privacy settings, and as far as I’m concerned until you intervene and restrict what can be seen they’re still very broken indeed.

OMG I LIKE THIS on ILIKETHINGS

Recently (along with the usual self-involved horse manure that clogs my feed) I’ve noticed a lot of Facebook friends jumping on the “Like“ bandwagon. There are in fact whole websites established simply to propagate mass opinion, senseless sheepism and spelling errors.

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I’ll give you a couple of examples. Currently:

  • Over 32,000 people aren’t worth phoning: “why didn’t u answer my call?!” “Cuz i was dancing to my ringtone!”
  • More than 27,000 people have sociopathic best friends: A friend asks you why your crying,a bestfriend already has the shovel ready to dig the whole to bury the person who made you cry:’)
  • In excess of 121,000 people have no excuse for not doing their homework: ‘YOU HAD A WHOLE WEEK’ ‘yes miss but i have a life and 16 other classes’

Maybe I’m missing the point, but some of these people are my age. There’s a whole internet out there, look beyond the blue box!

You won’t believe this MAD photo LOLS! Click Like!

Each week, I see more and more of my friends fall foul to the “you must like X to see X” Facebook pages established simply to get… well, I’m not sure. Many of these are surely there simply to fill your news feed with crap but others probably just get a kick out of a couple of thousand Likes.

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Is this really what Facebook was created for? To see the world’s first Wal-Mart and badly Photoshopped pictures of George W. Bush eating a live kitten?

Don’t forget ““ when you like something you’re then added to that item’s “Like list”, the item is posted to your personal wall and you’re promoting the item to everyone in the main feed. It’s also worth mentioning that a quick Google Image Search or a visit to Trendhunter will probably provide you with the “crazy” picture advertised.

FarmVille et al.

Did you know that more than 62 million people regularly play FarmVille? That’s around ten percent of the entire Facebook population.

That’s great, but why must I be constantly invited to join them? Not only do I have more interesting/important/enjoyable things to do with the internet but I also spend time away from my PC too.

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I’m sorry, I’m being unfair. It’s not only FarmVille that should be singled out. A few others I’ve noticed rudely and incessantly demanding my attention include: Kingdom of Camelot, Backyard Monsters, Café World, some virtual fish thing, Sim Abbatoir and STD eClinic.

I made those last two up, but you get the picture. Luckily when they pop up in your news feed, you can hover over them, click the cross and choose to never hear from them (the application, or maybe even the person) again. It just gets a little tiring week after week, app after app…

Familybook

Do you remember the days before your family joined Facebook? Getting tagged in an album called “Night of a hundred beers” complete with photographic evidence of your previous night’s engagement with the toilet weren’t so bad.

Well not any more! Now your grandparents can see just where your student loan is going.

There’s also fraping, the act of having your Facebook hijacked so your so-called friends can post what is usually a fairy graphic and descriptive untruth about yourself. Your friends will understand, but what if grandma spots the update?

I’m not against the older generations joining Facebook, I might add. I’m just wary of the consequences.

Conclusion

Of course I’ll continue using it, for a while at least. I’m sure the rest of you will too ““ but there’s a handful of other open source alternatives to try out plus with Diaspora just round the corner things are likely to get interesting. Clearly the guys in Palo Alto are doing something right, and the service is still a valuable tool. In fact, go ahead and click that little share button below…

What are your least favourite aspects to the internet’s favourite waste of time? Have I got it wrong? Anything that rings true? Have your say in the comments!

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????

i only like pages on fb, not on any other site. i don’t trust them!

Internet Geeks

Hacking your fb account is not that easy.

Hunter

Bet, there’s a firefox app for that.

Internet Geeks

not possible. can you share it’s url?

Shawn0r

google firesheep. =)

Vidalito

i need help finding a way to get on facebook from school it wont let me get to proxies

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Luis Villegas

I only have one “Like”, and is a store that I found very interested in…

One of the best post I have ever seen!! Shared in Twitter and Facebook…

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Hingehead

I have a friend who can’t access her FB account because it’s sending the password reset to an inaccessible account, which she can’t change because she doesn’t have the password. Not being able to contact an actual person at FB means her FB account is in a coma.

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Luis Villegas

I only have one “Like”, and is a store that I found very interested in…

One of the best post I have ever seen!! Shared in Twitter and Facebook…

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Vicky.Ux

FB = The Ultimate Junk Machine!
I can’t understand why people play boring text-based game.

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Vicky.Ux

FB = The Ultimate Junk Machine!
I can’t understand why people play boring text-based game.

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eMcE

7. FB is highly addictive!
Especially for juvenile.
:/

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eMcE

7. FB is highly addictive!
Especially for juvenile.
:/

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Hello

The “LIKE to see this picture” pages are the some of the worst things on facebook. You said you’re not sure why people create them, well it’s simple: Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising, a.k.a spam. Each and every such page is a PPC scam, no exceptions.

I want to vomit every time one of my friends “likes” a spam page. Even if it wasn’t spam, it’s just stupid- I have RSS feeds for “fun stuff”, I browse it when I feel like it. I don’t want “fun stuff” shoved down my throat.

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Daniel Wong

Well listed! This are the reasons I tightened up my Facebook to be everything me only.

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Hello

The “LIKE to see this picture” pages are the some of the worst things on facebook. You said you’re not sure why people create them, well it’s simple: Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising, a.k.a spam. Each and every such page is a PPC scam, no exceptions.

I want to vomit every time one of my friends “likes” a spam page. Even if it wasn’t spam, it’s just stupid- I have RSS feeds for “fun stuff”, I browse it when I feel like it. I don’t want “fun stuff” shoved down my throat.

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Sarveshwar

You can always block applications like I have done. I never get those Farmville, Mafiawars etc updates or any resuest to join them. I just have what I want on my wall. As for advertisements, I don’t mind as they are a free service. They need something to survive.

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pharmacy technician

facebook is becoming playground for kids

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Tina

Tim,

regarding your first point: it seems that questions do get forwarded to a human resource, they just don’t tell you that.

If you indicate that the suggested answers were not helpful, they probably consider adding the question to their FAQ along with a solution or if it’s a technical problem, they just fix it.

When I had issues with a function on FB for half a day, it was fixed within a few minutes after I searched the Help Pages for a solution. Coincidence? On Facebook? I don’t think so.

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Tina

Tim,

regarding your first point: it seems that questions do get forwarded to a human resource, they just don’t tell you that.

If you indicate that the suggested answers were not helpful, they probably consider adding the question to their FAQ along with a solution or if it’s a technical problem, they just fix it.

When I had issues with a function on FB for half a day, it was fixed within a few minutes after I searched the Help Pages for a solution. Coincidence? On Facebook? I don’t think so.

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Lillgad

Glad I deleted my Facebook account !! Thanks, Tina.

Dathan

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pete

Dude… I am sooo gonna make STD Clinic into an app :P

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TLW

Tim, my least favorite, about FB, is that I’m the GrandMother whose family invaded her space. I was there first and many light years ahead of them. Kill me now :)

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TLW

Oh. And just cuzz it’s funny, and you’ll enjoy it, I’ll share a little something with you. I opened a second account on FB for just my family. Funny thing, well, they ALL want access to my 4 yr old account. No frickin’ way :)

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Bohed T

+ One major thing:
FB doesn’t load my rss feed. dammmit! Couldn’t find a solution for that yet. As many others.

Share the Hate!

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Bohed T

+ One major thing:
FB doesn’t load my rss feed. dammmit! Couldn’t find a solution for that yet. As many others.

Share the Hate!

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Mary Vernon1

“Guys !!! u should see this !!! i cant believe this poor lil girl died all bcoz of her damn fukin Dad !!! see here !!! —–> http://apps.facebook.com/poste

DO NOT FOLLOW LINK ABOUT GIRL DYING BE CAUSE OF HER FATHER.THIS IS A VIRUS AND HAS BEEN PUT THERE BY UNKNOWN PEOPLE USING NAMES OF FACE BOOKERS !!!!!!
17 hours ago
Facebook is getting dangerous too!
This has been posted to mine and two of my friend’s Facebook page in the last 24 hours and none of us would use language like that!!! I would cancel FB, but it keeps me in touch with family that I do not see very often. I agree with the comments about the games. (FV, Cafe World etc. They are complete time wasters.

Josie Vernon

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MJW

No matter how hard friends/family try to persuade me, I will NEVER open a Facebook account.

What exactly am I missing?

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Anonymous

I don’t use Facebook, and have yet to find a reason to start. It just seems like some kind of ego boost to have a big bunch of pretend friends linked to you, which is a marketer’s delight but zero interest to me. I think I’ll find something more useful to do with my time…such as talking to real people face to face.

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MJW

No matter how hard friends/family try to persuade me, I will NEVER open a Facebook account.

What exactly am I missing?

No Name

Actually you are missing nothing, Facebook = Fakebook , its just a piece of shit

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Senseless

Privacy issues and the lack of a DISLIKE button just kill it. That and the fact that every idiot from Myspace migrated over.

Makes you wonder is most the kids on Facebook even see the light of day…

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JC

When you deactivate your account, all your info is still there. To totally delete your account is next to impossible (or it was when I tried a year ago), but it’s the only way FB doesn’t control all your info.

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Adunakhor

FB = land of attention whores who have no real life on an artificial virtual one. I mean really, just like Twitter, do we really want to know what you are doing in your stupid little life every day? Um…no, we don’t. We are just foolish enough to think that you want to know what is going on in OUR stupid little lives, and so we tell every identity thief out there every little tidbit they could possibly use to destroy us. FB users, what a bunch of tards.

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Senseless

Privacy issues and the lack of a DISLIKE button just kill it. That and the fact that every idiot from Myspace migrated over.

Makes you wonder is most the kids on Facebook even see the light of day…

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Sandracharlotte9

It was suggested to me that I join FB so that I can “enjoy” the experience of immediate
responses from a variety of “interesting people”…..interesting to whom? I find FB a
bore for the most part and I don’t WANT to join in the “fun” of instant back-and-forth
comments which are usually not only NOT interesting but a huge waste of time. The friends who I have that are ON FB are better served by private e-mails that the world does not have to see or involve themselves in…..who needs a “common discourse???
Drop out unless you are narcissistic enough to need the world at large to read your
input!

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Sandracharlotte9

It was suggested to me that I join FB so that I can “enjoy” the experience of immediate
responses from a variety of “interesting people”…..interesting to whom? I find FB a
bore for the most part and I don’t WANT to join in the “fun” of instant back-and-forth
comments which are usually not only NOT interesting but a huge waste of time. The friends who I have that are ON FB are better served by private e-mails that the world does not have to see or involve themselves in…..who needs a “common discourse???
Drop out unless you are narcissistic enough to need the world at large to read your
input!

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Sunlight Dreamweaver

Facebook is the same as a virtual “Dear Diary” except that it is most definitely not private and the whole world IS able to help you write it even if you don’t really want them too.

This is all about people going along with the crowd through digital peer pressure and if you really think about it, (Yes I wrote “THINK”, you know that word that means to contemplate and cogitate and all those other words that your brain is actually designed to do) you wouldn’t give the key to your house, home, car or pc and smartphone to some of your best friends so why are people so willing to lay their lives out there where virtually anyone can push their buttons emotionally and rub their virtual grubby mitts all over their inner child with no way of defending themselves from being swept along with the mob enthusiasm for just doing the same as everyone else where none of the mob actually knows where they are going or what is truly happening!

In other words if there is any part of you that registers that you are a totally unique individual as well as being part of the whole of life then you are most definitely not so quick to place that individual uniqueness at risk by opening up so completely online that the whole world and the universe can traipse around inside your life leaving their muddy footprints all over your soul.

And if you have friends who are worthy of gifting them with the honour of being part of your life then they are the ones with you now in the flesh sitting around your dining room table, taking it easy and making themselves comfortable in your living room, and going with you to the cinema or theatre or just sitting around quietly reading, or doing some personal hobby with absolutely no need to paste any thoughts across your wall because they already are part of the living, breathing walls of your life all around you!!!!

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Helo

Facebook is evil. Have you ever read their terms annd conditions? I’m not willing to give up any rights on pictures I took. Anyway, I’m not on Facebook and I haven’t missed anything yet.

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Chemicalbrain

Facebook, trespass human nature, and its destroying our society really, give me 6 good reason to join it i will never hesitate to join it, its like a place of mockery and full of clowns , everybody juices themselves to be a facebook story for God sake be real and get a real life out there. am always call it Fakebook

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Shailesh pandey

Nice Post…. Damnn True Point :)

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Sab

i also dont like face book ..n i have not joined it yet

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Cindy

Hey, we all have choices… Why use a free service and complain about it? Just don’t use it if it bothers you that others are entertained or informed by it. Why the hating?

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Boogiebruva

The example used in the post is probably an example of an attack known as CSRF, or Cross Site Request Forgery. You click on something because you’re told to, but the click actually does something nasty, like infect your computer or hijack your facebook account.
Don’t forget the golden rule – don’t click on anything you don’t trust.

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just being me

i deleted mine about a week ago, now i feel better because i dont get pointless emails from fb any more and i’m not wasting time with it. i regret the day that i created it. thanks.

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Vidalito

i need help finding a way to get on facebook from school it wont let me get to proxies

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Vidalito

i need help gettin on fb cuz my school blocks proxies

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Vidalito

i need help gettin on fb cuz my school blocks proxies

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Mozzarellapazza

facebook’s interface sucks big time. they constantly change buttons such as ‘share’ to ‘like’ and now I can’t even comment anymore on people’s threads even though I’m logged in. Why does such a big company produce such user unfriendly shit?

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Angry Bird

I’m so mad I ever got a Facebook in the first place… I regret it more than the 12 years I wasted on a failed relationship… I really hate that it creates drama and I’ve LITERALLY lost actual friends because of things on there…

Fucking hate that website. I hope Zuckerberg and his army of faceless employees go down in flames someday.

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LynnCauley

Hey, here is a good idea. If you don’t like Facebook, don’t look at it. Don’t read it. Don’t pay attention to Farmers. Don’t talk about it. Don’t write about it. You are probably pissed because a 25 year old is a multi-billionaire and you have nothing. I am tired of pathetic nobodies bitching and complaining about every single friggin’ thing they can. Stop your fucking whining and move on.

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Ccracken4203

I think you are dead on with your analysis of Facebook. The site is unquestionably a pitfall for micro-bloggers to destroy their lives. I see people also updating where they are on facebook; that is, they make their GPS coordinate available to anyone and everyone. Some make subtle mistakes by uploading photos of excessive alcohol consumption. Facebook’s benefits do not outweigh the sunk cost of a lacking ambition.

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