Why Open Social Networks like facebook and twitter are a big EVIL!

Saturday, 26th March 2011

We all have seen the boom in the social networking in the last years.
Friend’s (find a person to fuck networks) like facebook has been booming for already 5+ years, professional business networks like Linkedin and xing are becoming an absolute requirement for everybody that has to be a player in the business realm.

Moving forward the list is endless orkut , my opera , twitter , flickr you name it ..

What is the big lie about social networks? The Social word.
There is anything else but social in this networks.
You make an account join a network and start exploring a dead binary data in form of picture music, irc chat, or play games alone or with others. The amount of time you spend in front of a computer screen an ipod, iphone, ipad or IFUCK! 🙂 gradually increases.
People are starting to become an electronic zoombies, live interactions like a simple game of football outside, chess tournament a simple coffee or tea with friends is starting to become an extraordinary thing.

People share more and more, it’s important to share the best of you it’s important to create a false image of yourself in let’s say facebook , it’s generally important for most people to look good on their uploaded pics to smile and share everything they do in real life.

In practice if you have signed up in any social network and do actively post your information you’re building an online very thorough dossier (record) of everything you do.
Your online record that large computer software and manifacturers like Microsoft and Google does most probably already own a tremendous record of who you’re what you do, why you do it and how you do it!

What makes it even worse it’s voluntary you’re transperant, you share your thoughts you create new identity, you hide under a new avatar to build just one big lie identity.

How it comes that people knows each other that well that they could share themselves that much? Maybe I ask too much, but it’s a fact.
How can go into creating new identities, if are not even aware of what our own identity is.
Have you felt that bad feeling, when you see a lot of morons in facebook posing like a great and glorious people?
The rule in the social networks is the more dumb you’re the better, be opened, share everything, share your soul …

All I describe is a enormous breach of privacy and the consequences for the real life interactions of people are really destructive.
We are so social on the internet today, that the internet has become our second home, maybe our first one? Maybe we live in the virtual reality? Where all this meaningless insanity would end up?

And what is even worser about social networks is that they’re all about money, it’s also true for the internet, even though it started as a promising and good intention, when business entered they turned it into a dead place for business.

The fun of the old computer glorious days is no more. Computers and the coproduced technologies are being used inefficient increative and binding.

We don’t even have control over the social networks, it’s all a large database filled with information about millions of people around the globe owned by a business company.

The more people interact with technology and the more pseudo social they become, they’re all becoming in an inexistent imaginary place that constantly reshapes and takes forms.
The old sanity we all had is lost somewhere in the days …

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8 Responses to “Why Open Social Networks like facebook and twitter are a big EVIL!”

  1. admin says:
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    Another few things I found interesting concerning the topic are:

    Facebook is pulling a classic bait-and-switch. At the same time that they’re telling developers how to access your data with new APIs, they are relatively quiet about explaining the implications of that to members. What this amounts to is a bait-and-switch. Facebook gets you to share information that you might not otherwise share, and then they make it publicly available. Since they are in the business of monetizing information about you for advertising purposes, this amounts to tricking their users into giving advertisers information about themselves. This is why Facebook is so much worse than Twitter in this regard: Twitter has made only the simplest (and thus, more credible) privacy claims and their customers know up front that all their tweets are public. It’s also why the FTC is getting involved, and people are suing them (and winning).

    Essentially, they see their customers as unpaid employees for crowd-sourcing ad-targeting data.

    Facebook’s CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior. From the very beginning of Facebook’s existence, there are questions about Zuckerberg’s ethics. According to BusinessInsider.com, he used Facebook user data to guess email passwords and read personal email in order to discredit his rivals. These allegations, albeit unproven and somewhat dated, nonetheless raise troubling questions about the ethics of the CEO of the world’s largest social network. They’re particularly compelling given that Facebook chose to fork over $65M to settle a related lawsuit alleging that Zuckerberg had actually stolen the idea for Facebook.

    Facebook makes it incredibly difficult to truly delete your account. It’s one thing to make data public or even mislead users about doing so; but where I really draw the line is that, once you decide you’ve had enough, it’s pretty tricky to really delete your account. They make no promises about deleting your data and every application you’ve used may keep it as well. On top of that, account deletion is incredibly (and intentionally) confusing. When you go to your account settings, you’re given an option to deactivate your account, which turns out not to be the same thing as deleting it. Deactivating means you can still be tagged in photos and be spammed by Facebook (you actually have to opt out of getting emails as part of the deactivation, an incredibly easy detail to overlook, since you think you’re deleting your account). Finally, the moment you log back in, you’re back like nothing ever happened! In fact, it’s really not much different from not logging in for awhile. To actually delete your account, you have to find a link buried in the on-line help (by “buried” I mean it takes five clicks to get there). Or you can just click here. Basically, Facebook is trying to trick their users into allowing them to keep their data even after they’ve “deleted” their account.

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  2. Zack says:
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    One of the reasons people are so caught with social networking (Facebook esp.) is that social networks make them feel important. They share every little thing they do or think about, and they get instant gratification in the form of comments and ‘like’s. They don’t have any privacy concerns because they don’t think privacy matters. Ask your average FB user about identity theft, for instance, and they’ll probably answer something along the lines of, “lawl, that wud nevr happen 2 me!!”

    As we become more and more dependent on computers, our “socializing” moves from offline to online too. It’s a sad truth, and most people won’t even realize they’re getting sucked into it until they’re old and graying and wondering where the hell their best years went. Not everybody is like that, though… and the fact that there are still people who think like you is a good sign. Love your blog, by the way, keep it up.

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    • admin says:
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      I’m really happy to see there are more people to think like me.
      Most of the people are sucked into the hype and as you said they suck themselves into the net, forgetting of the simple good things in life that brings way more joy!

      Hope to see you around here.

      Wish you best,

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  3. funny says:
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    I laughed when I found the like and tweet buttons at te bottom of the article.

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  4. Marmalade says:
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    I hate to say it, but I have to agree with you. I moved halfway across the country to get away from toxic people in my life, and 10 years and a FB account later, I’m back in touch with them and immersed in their horrid little worlds. Male friends from high school who I was once happy to be back in touch with have turned out to be slimy freaks – one guy wanted me to go on some weird sex website. Yay for blocking users and un-friending people (lol) but in all seriousness, I have to admit that Facebook is more of a source of stress than it is a source of enrichment. Though there are some people who I love being in touch with, there are a lot of people I wish I didn’t have back in my life, but I don’t want to appear callous in deleting them (I’m a politeness-obsessed Canadian).

    It feels like I have this weird “committee” of people in my life who comment on my opinions – some people even try to make me look stupid on my own Facebook page for holding an opinion that’s different from theirs. It’s like a downgraded version of being a celebrity in the tabloids, where everyone knows your business and has to comment on it.

    Plus there are the games I’m completely addicted to – Bejeweled Blitz, Zuma Blitz, Farmville – the fact you are competing with or working with people you know make it all the more compelling. I feel trapped by social media, but feel disconnected from my friends if I’m not on it. It’s weird. It’s like Facebook and sites like it have become a new small town life, where everyone knows your business and has to make comments or critique on your life. Although I’m completely hooked, I honestly hate it. I hate my cell phone too. And World of Warcraft. I don’t do anything else with my life but “hang out” online – which isn’t really a life at all.

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    • Marmalade says:
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      Oh, and one more thing – if I wasn’t on Facebook, there are friends on my list who I wouldn’t be in touch with at all. No one bothers to make a phone call anymore or have a real conversation.

      I wouldn’t say it’s “evil” but it’s definitely not GOOD either. There are some aspects of it that I think are evil – like how potential employers check out your social networking profile to see if you’re the kind of person they want working for them. That’s an invasion of privacy – but then, social networking is sort of the antithesis of privacy, so I suppose it’s all just a consequence of making your life highly public like that.

      If I could, I’d delete it today, but then, I’d be cutting family and friends out of my life by doing so. Deleting your Facebook account is like moving away from all of your friends and family to live alone in the mountains. It honestly feels that way – the only person I would hear from is my mother, who hates social networking sites with a passion and believes they’re the worst thing that has ever happened to our society. Then again, during an emergency when my mother was in an isolated town, I was able to get her to call me because a cousin saw my post and got her to call me. It has its good points, but I have to admit there are more evils that come out of it than good things.

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    • admin says:
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      I completely share your opinion.
      All what you said is a fact.This weird attachment (or better to say addiction) after being exposed to social networks is a fact.
      The expectation that somebody is gonna flatter you every moment is just a living hell.
      With facebook and alike social networks one gets an “attention requiring zoombie”, you live to get attention
      you contantly want to hear a good word on facebook, get a like of your picture or just feel appreciated by somebody! It’s like feeding the fish …
      I wonder if you have experienced this as well. I hate my cellphone too. All this modern technology is like chaining us. One more terrible thing about social networks is that often you’re offered to become a friend of somebody from your past who you don’t want to have nothing with and quite often in order to be “politically correct” you just add him and pretend it’s okay.
      Now everynow and then when you open facebook you see his pictures and get angry as it’s a trigger! I don’t know why but everytime I do open facebook I get angry! People are so fake there, all want to be funny and special and perfect looking. What’s so wrong with just being yourself and not pretending to be cool? Right?
      I grieve seriously that you are addicted to facebook games, I’m thankful I’m not addicted thought I spend a couple of minutes opening it out of habit. The tendency is that I look at facebook more and more frequent, as it’s becoming one of the only ways to have contact with people. These days If you’re not into facebook you even don’t get information about latest events around you. I once deleted my facebook account, as a way to boycott this shit. But later on re-created it as I was feeling nostalgy for all those people I have as contacts that I can only keep in touch with through facebook.
      In reality during I re-created my account I have used facebook for messaging or something meaningul not more than 20 times…
      btw I wonder how old are you? It’s also interesting question how does different levels of society and different ages perceive social networks and to be online in general? I’m 27 right now and I speak from the position of that age.

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  5. Eric Fryer says:
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