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To hell with Facebook

January 2, 2011
Facebook's 2011 New Year's Resolution

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Recently I used a “Log in using your Facebook account” button on a blog somewhere to leave a comment.  I was then informed that doing so would “reset my privacy settings to Default” and on checking, it was true.  All the adjustments I’d made to my Facebook privacy settings were gone and everything was set so that “friends of friends” could see everything.  (A little math would reveal why that’s a staggering number of people even if, like me, you don’t have that many friends).

It’s always been like this: I set things the way I want them, and two weeks later Mark Zuckerberg decides he isn’t fully monetizing every minutia of everyone’s life and the privacy settings get changed again.

I’m not a super privacy freak, though I don’t put anything online that would worry me for my mother or my employer to know about.  But for some reason just using the site raises my blood pressure.  And Facebook is a closed system – a sort of walled community. Facebook wants to be the Internet and they just aren’t up to it.  I’ve worked with the Internet, Facebook; and you’re no Internet.

I need an account because sometimes I use it to access the College account but otherwise, I’m going minimal.  I’ve stripped out as much personal information from my profile as I can.  I’ll “friend” people that I actually know in some way (please don’t be offended if I don’t recognize you – sometimes context plays identification tricks on my mind).  But otherwise the profile is only required information and I won’t checking the account very often.  I’m generally much happier with blogging, Twitter, and Google Reader.


  • This is a story told entirely in Joy Of Tech comics; I’m not trying to make some big serious point here other than that I just really dislike Facebook.  Others have gone to depths of analysis on the subject.
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  1. January 3, 2011 at 17:09 | #1

    I didn’t realize that using the log-in with facebook would eliminate my privacy settings. It’s a good thing that I haven’t yet done it. I decided last year to minimize my facebook exposure and I haven’t seen any drawbacks in doing so.

    You’re right though facebook is not the internet… somehow it manages to have even more idiots on it (?!)

  2. January 4, 2011 at 01:25 | #2

    I’m with you on this one George. I have turned down several invitations to join.

  3. January 4, 2011 at 06:34 | #3

    As have I, Momma/Mary. I’ve heard enough over the years to discourage me, just on security and privacy grounds alone. Plus, it just doesn’t seem like the Internet when you have to give information to someone just to be a part of it.

  4. January 6, 2011 at 09:02 | #4

    Facebook, schacebook. I’ve pretty much stopped using it altogether. Give me Twitter or give me no social networking!

    Thank you for the warning about using anything to do with Facebook at all.

  5. January 6, 2011 at 14:49 | #5

    I had no idea this would happen when you used that system. I think I’ve been too lazy to go through the process, but I’m off now to check my Facebook settings.

    Thanks for the update and Happy New Year to you and Mrs DOF.

  6. Anne
    January 6, 2011 at 16:38 | #6

    I saw your post on Facebook .. thank you for the alert to this. Yes mine had changed too!! And Thanks to Elizabeth in comment above mine .. for sounding the alarms bells. :-)

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