10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account

You name your post 10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account and not am I going to click, I’m probably going to link to it, too! Click through for back up to all the bullet points. #9 is pretty important, and #4 and #1 are funny. Does anyone know what % of internet users AOL had at it’s peak and how that compares to the 400 Million accounts Facebook has right now?

10. Facebook’s Terms Of Service are completely one-sided.
9. Facebook’s CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior.
8. Facebook has flat out declared war on privacy.
7. Facebook is pulling a classic bait-and-switch.
6. Facebook is a bully.
5. Even your private data is shared with applications.
4. Facebook is not technically competent enough to be trusted.
3. Facebook makes it incredibly difficult to truly delete your account.
2. Facebook doesn’t (really) support the Open Web.
1. The Facebook application itself sucks.

10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account

Facebook Analogy

You know why Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy? You know how if you’re a credit card customer that pays off your bills every month the credit card company can’t make any money off of you? If you lock up your activity on Facebook, you close your circle tight, and Facebook can’t use your information to help them beat Google. Why should they care about your privacy?

Facebook Analogy

Facebook Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

Hahahaha. The motherfuckers at Facebook are doing it again. You maybe heard about their plan this week to Facebookify the web by making some social sites you’re a part of more social. And just like last time, Facebook’s default forces you to rely on yourself for your privacy. I don’t think most people care. Hell, I don’t even think I care. I DO have a pretty strong opinion of how you’re supposed to do something on the web, though, and this isn’t it.

Want to opt out of instant personalization? Make sure to block the applications:

How do I opt-out of instant personalization?
You can opt-out of instant personalization by disallowing it here. By clicking “No Thanks” on the Facebook notification on partner sites, partners will delete your data. To prevent your friends from sharing any of your information with an instant personalization partner, block the application: Microsoft Docs.com, Pandora, Yelp.

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Facebook Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

The Future of Facebook

I’ve said it before, but I think in 10 years, it’s even odds that people think of Facebook the way they think of AOL now. Since this column is one of the first I’ve seen to agree, I’m obviously going to link it.

In the world of technology even giants can stumble – or fail. Once upon a time AOL was the reigning online behemoth. At its peak in the 1990s it had 30 million paying subscribers (which at the time was a significant proportion of the online population in the US and Europe) and thought itself big enough to take over Time Warner. There was even a schmaltzy movie – You’ve Got Mail – based around its email service. Now it’s a business-school case study in hubris.

AOL was also a study in corporate strategy from which the Facebook founders learned avidly. Initially they conceived of their service as an AOL-type “walled garden” – which implied trying to keep subscribers inside that controlled space. If one of your Facebook friends sent you a message then you had to be logged in to read it.

The Future of Facebook

“If You Turn Your Head I Win”

I LOL’d. This post is as good a place as any to note that the media response to Chat Roulette echos the response to Twitter around this time last year. Basically, they had been so burned by ignoring Myspace, and took too long to understand Facebook, they weren’t going to get fooled by Twitter and so they jumped in both feet first. Chat Roulette went from internet sensation to all over the media in record time. I imagine that the next platform to take off will get covered in the traditional media BEFORE it becomes popular online, thus creating an interesting paradox.

“If You Turn Your Head I Win”

More Damning Facebook Stories

Silicon Valley Insider has a long story on how Facebook was founded with some purportedly new accusations.

New information uncovered by Silicon Alley Insider suggests that some of the complaints against Mark Zuckerberg are valid. It also suggests that, on at least one occasion in 2004, Mark used private login data taken from Facebook’s servers to break into Facebook members’ private email accounts and read their emails–at best, a gross misuse of private information. Lastly, it suggests that Mark hacked into the competing company’s systems and changed some user information with the aim of making the site less useful.

Ruh roh. It’s hard to tell how much of this was new information, though the fact that the accusations from ConnectU came a week after Facebook launched gives the accusers credibility in my book. Also, the $65 Million settlement… Well, yeah. That says Facebook is giving them some credibility, as well. And the accusations of using user data to login to the email addresses of users? That jibes pretty closely with how (un)seriously Facebook takes user privacy. I wonder if any of this will get picked up by the traditional media, and I wonder if the SVI investigation will hold up to journalistic standards…

Via Eric Andersen

More Damning Facebook Stories

Quick Thoughts on Google Buzz

As of this writing, I still don’t have Google Buzz on my computer – these thoughts were gleaned from find it enabled on my iPhone. First reaction: Holy crap, I love it.

This app wouldn’t have worked 3 years ago, but Facebook and Twitter have been doing heavy lifting, training “Social Media Experts” and technophobes alike how to (over)share. Broadly generalizing here, but a lot of people probably find their Facebook accounts bloated with too many people they don’t care enough about. By limiting Google Buzz to the users you communicate most with, Google has made the hard cuts for you.

I wonder if people will share differently than they do on FB or Twitter. What do you think?

Microsoft probably invested millions of dollars and several months to come up with a word they could turn into a verb like ‘To Google’, but Buzz feels natural right off the bat. For what it’s worth, I like ‘to Buzz’ infinitely more than I like ‘to Tweet’.

Since I only saw it on my iPhone, this may change, but it’s potential as a mobile app is amazing.

Privacy issues aside, the Buzz Map and the “Nearby” feature of the mobile app are incredibly voyeuristic and addictive. With links to a users Google Profile, it also makes the web a lot more local and personal.

What will Facebook’s undoubtedly ham-handed response be? Another move that outrages privacy experts, looks bad, and is hard to use?

When Google exposes my data, somehow I expect it, maybe I’m an apologist. When Facebook does it, people get MAD MAD MAD.

I think Twitter remains relatively useful, but this hurts Facebook a lot.

Also, whither Foursquare?

What do you think?

Quick Thoughts on Google Buzz