Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Faceboook, Facist book

I wish I could quit you, Facebook. Yes, that's right. I wish I could sever the ties. Completely. Except it's becoming increasingly difficult to do that. And the reason it's becoming increasingly difficult is that we've all been so good at migrating into your interface. Despite the fact that you are harvesting our data, and making it impossible to hide away from advertisers and that we have to be so diligent not to let every choice we make be broadcast to all of our friends and their friends...still, you aren't Myspace. Will you become as annoying as Myspace, with those roll over ads and links to porn sites that nab your cursor whether you want to go there or not? Time will tell.

Okay, so I want off the Facebook band wagon but it's tough going. Why you ask? Have I no self-discipline? Yes, I do. But it's hard to quit. And not just in the sense that it's nearly impossible to delete your account, I mean in the sense of conducting basic daily stuff. For instance, the #1 reason I keep having to come back to Facebook is to contact folks that I only have contact with thru Facebook. That is, I don't have their email in my system. Increasingly Facebook has been corralling all of our personal information, our networks. All of those conversations via the Facebook messaging system? How do you think you're going to archive those. Not going to happen. So, fair warning: all your personal, direct messages via Facebook are gone if you decide to leave.

The #2 reason? Now that we have all been so compliant about migrating our networks into Facebook we have to return to find out what's going on. Now many events are only sent out via fbook. And what's worse, or better, depending what side of the fence you are sitting, Facebook makes it so easy to migrate events to an online calender and for me, taking it to my hand held device for easy access. Not sure how I'll manage that now that everyone in the Poetry world is on Facebook....

Those are just two of my beefs...here are many more thanks to Nikki Reimer and courtesy of her Facebook account. Sigh. 

Seriously. Send me your email if you want to stay in touch. I will continue to divest myself of Facebook. I want out of the evil empire. I will not be a good data miner in this way. In fact, I think one thing that a good citizen needs to be mindful of right now is in what way we are supporting online growth. We can't keep giving things away. We can't keep letting our infrastructures erode. In what way are we ensuring good economic and cultural developments at a local level with how we are clicking? With how we are spending our time online?

11 comments:

GM said...

I want out as well. But I keep thinking, "after the next book", for many of the reasons you just outlined. And people are ignoring regular emails now in a way they don't with Facebook, especially for events.

What's needed is an open source distributed platform like Wordpress or something, but for social networking. Get to it, Hound.

Mitchell said...

Um... Not *everyone* in the poetry world is on Facebook....

Just saying.

Lemon Hound said...

i would argue that if they aren't *on* facebook they have someone *on* facebook on their behalf...

i was going to say, anyone who is anyone is on facebook, just to piss you off.

but i don't believe that's true, obviously.

george, i'm with you.

Pearl said...

could just mess with their data sets and give thumbs ups to ads that are irrelevant but not obnoxiously ugly.

Eric Foley said...

Your personal, direct messages are gone if you decide to leave, but then they reappear if you renew your account. I shut down my account a few months back and am generally feeling much more at peace. I do have to re-open and re-close it every few weeks, however, to track down emails of people I want to contact. And I do feel pretty cut off from a lot of people I used to be in (mostly superficial?) contact with. It is, however, do-able. I think it also helped that my partner and I quit at the same time and were mutually supportive of each other making that move...

Jordan said...

Facebook is creepy. Because it's EVIL.

et said...

I just linked to this on fuckbook. But I can't start twittering.
Love, E.

hassen said...

hey s, nodding the problem. we have a network that is, hopefully will be moreso, er, less creepy. i've been thinking a lot about this lately and want to figure out a way for just our community to share up-do-date, real-world addresses & contact info.

VL, by the way, is for indie artist, self-employed, environmentalists, etc. - anybody interested in an alternative economy based on quality of life that is handmade-arts-friendly. www.volklibre.org - you should come on over & help us build it... ;^)

~hassen

Ray said...

You probably already know about this, but check out this NY Times article on Facebook alternatives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/nyregion/12about.html

Lemon Hound said...

Oh man, I didn't know about that. Fabulous work.

Lemon Hound said...

Thanks Hassan. I was cursing you and your Flyers tonight...but really I was just feeling sheepish about our team. Bad team.