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Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

DPic [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
9 years ago3,093 views

gizmodo.com/5530178/

<<After some reflection, I've decided to delete my account on Facebook. I'd like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I'd like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I'm not missing anything. In any event, here's my "Top Ten" reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.>>

ianf [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

In itself the title "Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook" is misleading, as one rather expects something ironic right out of Letterman or Leno. Personally, I didn't know one needed as many as 10 reasons not to participate in that no-control social networking experiment. Here's the summary of the list (time is money).

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

DPic [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Thanks for the tl;dr! =]

ianf [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

For the record I didn't read it either ;-)) merely scanned for and uploaded what looked like talking points/ headlines.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

There are some interesting upcoming distributed social netowork projects listed on the GNU Social wiki: groups.fsf.org/wiki/Group:GNU_ ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

See also

+ Show video

DPic [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

....What did that video just show?

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

It was referenced at

eu.techcrunch.com/2010/05/05/v ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

[put at-character here]DPic: the video showed that if you previewed how your profile was displayed to someone else, you could see that other person's pending friend invitations.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

And also:

"....
that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending friend-requests and which friends they share in common. That’s a lot of potentially sensitive information."

Dawn F [PersonRank 0]

9 years ago #

Seriously? This true? I read a blurb about some lady in ,hmmm, I think Colorado, that had her Facebook account hacked. Someone was contacting her friends asking for money. She caught this person by going on her FB (on a friends computer and their profile) and talked to "herself" It's scary to think this can happen and now you are saying it's somewhat easy for people to see what I CONSIDER PRIVATE? Ergh, I'm deleting my account though it sounds as though that will be difficult!!

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