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I’ve seen some rather rough criticism of Facebook over the years as they have lurched from one fiasco to another but this infographic, which I found on my cyberspace travels today, kind of sums it all up in a rather dry sarcastic sort of way. By the time you’re finished, you’ll probably be seriously considering finally deleting that Facebook account and going over to Google Plus once and for all!

No person or company is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes – that’s life and we need to learn from those mistakes so we don’t repeat them. But Facebook seems to be at the top of the “constantly making errors that annoy their users” list and the number one constantly repeating error for Facebook is ALWAYS privacy-related. 

Whether it’s revealing a user’s information without their consent, using that information for commercial gain without your consent, or people seeing information of yours that they’re not supposed to see, there’s always something going on in Facebookland. In fact it was enough for Angela to write MakeUseOf’s first Facebook Privacy Guide The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide [PDF] The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide [PDF] Read More . It’s essential reading if you use Facebook at all for anything. And we have written LOTS of Facebook privacy ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips MakeUseOf has published countless articles on Facebook privacy and security settings. Facebook continuously updates and changes privacy settings and options. For this post I have revisited previous stories to collect the best tips and and... Read More related articles in the past. 

Just use our search engine to find them all.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the infographic. Is the criticism fair? Anything that was missed out? And do you miss any of the discontinued products mentioned? Let us know in the comments.

The infographic is too big to be displayed here, you may check it out in full size by clicking on the image below.

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Image Credit : rishibando

  1. Donaldg
    November 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Some misinformation-Facebook lite was discontinued because no one was using it.Facebook Places is quite the opposite of dead, it's just not used as often because people update their facebook from mobile vs on a computer. Which makes sense.The official twitter app isn't all that great either.

  2. Guest
    November 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Google+ ftw m/

  3. Jaimin Rajani
    October 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Facebook’s Wall of Shame: An Infographic on Its Failures - http://www.tech.nolicio.us/2011/10/facebook-wall-shame-infographic.html

  4. vanman
    October 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    continue from my last post about Facebook: I would also like to know why Facebook will install 'KEYLOGGERS" on all the computers of its reputed 750m members. The purpose of this bit of sneeky software is to moniter the brousing habbits of all on Facebook to see their internet brousing habbits,to moniter internet activity,wheather on line at Facebook or not.When you press the 'LIKE' button on Facebook to like a post by your friends at the same time,by pressing 'LIKE" you are allowing Facebook to install a "KEYLOGGER" on your computer and they will know,who you are talking to,what you are saying,how many friends you have,their contact detailes,ie. phone numbers,e-mail addresses etc.Facebook privacy is a joke.
                           There is one way to make sure that Facebook dosen't keep tracking you internet activity after you log out and close down Facebook,and that is to deleat cookies before you close down your machine-either manually or if you have Internet Explorer you can set it automacially to deleat cookies before your machine shuts down.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Facebook does NOT install a keylogger on your system!  Yes they do track your browsing habits but through cookies. But then again, a lot of companies install tracking cookies on your system. It's not a unique situation by any stretch of the imagination. How else do you think Facebook can afford to give you the site for free if they are not able to offer targeted advertising?

      As you said though, you can easily set your browser to automatically delete cookies when you shut down the browser.  Problem easily solved.

  5. vanman
    October 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    the Irish Data Protection Agency has started an investigation into Facebook on their privacy issues,and also why you are never deleated from Facebook,once you sign up you are there for life,Facebook say that this is because you might wanna come back at some point. If I wanna come back Facebook I CAN OPEN A NEW ACCOUNT-simple
                                                                                                                There is another issue also that causes a lot of problems-and that is when you log onto Facebook you log on to the American server of Facebook,it identifies your IP address and will then switch you to the correct country in the world that you happen to be from,but in some cases it will not switch you and you will remain on the American server of Facebook which has multi problems for users from Europe. The American server for Facebook only covers the USA and CANADA .The European server has its head quarters in Dublin.
                                                                                                                Facebook cut me off from there site because I was stuck on the American server and a recent download from that server caused me to loose all my Facebook friends and replace them with hundreds of peoples private details,details that should have remained private. I informed Facebook and they closed my account until they find the reason for the error.As of now I still cannot log on to Facebook. I also informed the Irish Data Protection Agency about the problem,and they are looking into it-as are Facebook.
                                                                                The one worry is if I was able to see other peoples details where did my friends details end up-who saw the-and what did they do with them.
                       Another huge problem with Facebook is how easy the site is to hack,get other peoples e-mail and password and log on as if the hacker is the owner of the account.Send messages,deleat friends in the name of the account holder.
                                                                                                             As of all things on the net:BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
                  
                                              

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

      What were you downloading?  I seriously doubt it made you lose all your Facebook friends and have them replaced with hundreds of other people.

  6. Bud6642
    October 29, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Years ago, the late head of the Federal Communications Commission stated succinctly and prophetically, that TV was a "vast wasteland."  If alive today, he would say that FB, is not only a vast wasteland, but a site for infantile garbage and trash posted there!

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Well as I said to one of the other commenters, we all look upon Facebook differently.  Some enjoy it, some don't.  As my mother is fond of saying, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same :-)

  7. Tim
    October 29, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Interestingly enough, I couldn't sign in to these comments using my facebook account. It said there were errors?  ;-)

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

      I will pass this to James, our tech guru. Probably just a temporary glitch :-)

      Thanks for filing the bug report :-)

  8. Tim
    October 29, 2011 at 1:00 am

    So what?  Facebook saves me lots of time vs Email.  Everything is right there, including all my friends. Too bad someone can't come up with something better... or more secure, but Google+ isn't it. It's lonely in there...

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I would disagree. Like every social network, Google+ is only what you make of it. If you put lots of people into your circles, you will have plenty of people to talk to :-)  

      And I personally feel the quality of the conversation in Google+ is higher than any other social network.  Maybe that's just me.

  9. PinkGlitter
    October 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I don't have a Facebook, anymore. Or rather, Facebook doesn't have me-- well I'm sure recently deleted and years-ago-me-deleted is on their servers somewhere, 'conveniently'). Less people know my birthday, I get more things done in real life without feeling the need to share it with the internet, I feel less lonely, jealous, and judgmental, and I'm living an authentic life void of "I'm so happy all the time! Look at me!" I don't look at profiles of people I knew from the past, or lurk new people and see what they're doing. Yes, people are interesting. Yes, they have their own lives. We're all voyeurs. That doesn't make it less creepy, awkward, time-consuming, or *drumroll* pathetic. I don't have much respect for Zuckerberg. His whole take on privacy is ridiculous. "Soon everyone will share everything, there will be no privacy!" etc. Really? Maybe he should share as much as average users and see how he feels. Stick a paparazzi up his ass 24/7, broadcast it, I don't know. All I see is the nerd at Harvard who wanted "in" on social clubs. Hint: Doing it from the internet is STILL lame. And in case anyone's wondering, I've seen plenty of interviews, I'm not talking about the fictional film.  Making money off of this may make Z "accomplished" to the public media, but for some of us, we actually find it kind of disgusting that Z continually changes the privacy policy and basically takes advantage of  Facebook users. Can't complain much there though, since the users are still dumb (cough, addicted) enough to still be using the service. Remember people, nothing is free. You're giving away your information. But I'm not here to make you care about that. If you're using the site in a dumb way, you probably already don't (care, that is). Let us not forget about the children, teens, and other people who really aren't aware of the importance of their information and privacy. Cyber-bullying anyone? How many suicides have happened recently, in the last year, because of non-consensual exposure on the internet? The internet is part of real life and these companies need to embed these issues into their privacy policy, loud and clear. Last thing: this goes for Google too. Everytime I read something new or re-gurgitated on the subject of Facebook (or Google) privacy, I laugh. Why do I need to use my government name and phone number to sign up for my personal websites? Anonymity isn't always bad, people. In fact, many feel more comfortable sharing things about themselves. Sites that offer anonymity will always win for me and for many. Check out websites dedicated to LGBTQ acceptance and see how many anonymous teens, for example, reach out using anonymous aliases to talk about what they're going through. I have nothing to hide and I share my public name on professional websites, but as for personal use, I'm sick of social networking. Many people aren't thinking before they're speaking (I mean, typing). I miss when my friends knocked on my door or called and asked to hang-out. Now, people send you electronic everything's. It's lame, people. My "friends" went from 600+ to less than 10 fast. I couldn't be happier. I admit it makes me sad when people are out with me and are thinking of something to fabricate to put on Facebook, to show everyone how cool they are. Creative? Maybe. Lame? Yup. Uncomfortable? Definitely. We're not in high school anymore. If you have social anxiety or issues finding friends, there are meet up clubs (literally meetup.com for example) for people who want friends. But let me tell you, Facebook's algorithms aren't for you. They're for their own company to get more users, to make more money. Not every website is like that. Join communities that are authentic, fulfilling, and real. Spend less time online and more time in real life with passion and people. --A 20-something-and-some-what-Facebook-disliker. I love the internet, but I hate addiction and lack of respect for user information / privacy. We need more safe spaces for our very real communities and networks. Fb and Google needs to shape up. Cheers.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Thanks for your very lengthy comment :-)

      Now I may be rushing to judgment here but....I'm guessing you don't like Facebook that much?  Am I right? :-)

      Look, everyone has their own views on Facebook.  Some like it, some hate it. It isn't for everybody.  I know people who virtually live on that site while at the same time I know people who wouldn't set up a Facebook account even if you held their family hostage and threatened to blow their heads off if they didn't like your status within 24 hours.  Everybody has their own definition of "social". 

      Me, I just use it to network for my job and to keep in touch with a few close friends.

  10. JL Pagano
    October 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I find it extremely ironic that the words "ads by Google" appear before, halfway down, and at the end of this post. Just sayin'.

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      We have to eat somehow :-)

    • TEM
      October 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      What's "ironic" about it? Wouldn't it be ironic of the ads were by Facebook? I feel that ads by google on a page bashing Facebook is fitting, not ironic.

  11. Zorp
    October 27, 2011 at 3:32 am

    It's really amazing how much faster most pages load, after blocking all the facebook IPs in your hosts file.

    • Msibips
      October 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      True that

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Well since I am not going to try it, I will have to take your word for it :-)

  12. Jon
    October 27, 2011 at 2:27 am

    A couple of the items gave me pause but most...who cares.  Their servers had trouble for a few hours over a year ago.  People can see what I've posted in the past (hardly a new concept on the web).  They try new ideas, some work, some don't.  And they are gutsy enough to constantly tweak the layout...usually a browser extension is quickly available to block the tweak if desired. Over all...its a voluntary activity, entirely free, and millions and millions find it very useful.  One day somebody will invent something that makes Facebook look silly, and it'll quickly be adopted. Until then...I'm keeping my account!

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I agree.  Nobody is perfect and at least they're being innovative which is how new things get discovered and invented. Some people, like my wife, though hate change like this.  They get settled on something and then get a bit annoyed when they see it changing again.

  13. ImageSourceFTL
    October 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Facebook is like that ugly car crash , you just can't help yourself but to look at it! ( Myself incuded ) I know better but do it anyway....

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Me too! I know there are more productive things I could be doing but it doesn't stop me checking my Facebook account every 15-20 minutes!

  14. Chopsticks
    October 27, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Unusually harsh, given that Facebook is still very useful and very relevant to the way we have collectively evolved to communicate with each other. It has made major blunders, yes, but I am not going to quit Facebook any time soon.

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