Several years ago, I had a Facebook account, and quite deliberately closed it because they refused to grant users any control over their content, history, contacts, or privacy. However, recent developments have forced Facebook to make dramatic changes, to the point that I’m considering creating a new Facebook account.
If I do create a new Facebook account, it will be linked to this blog, so my question to all of my subscribers is this: Would you consider it a positive change to be able to contact me through Facebook?
If you have any opinion, either way, please leave a comment below letting me know what you think.
Facebook has a policy that they expect every user to use their real, legal name on the site. They also have a policy that their systems people can suspend accounts if there is a reasonable expectation that a user’s listed name is fake or misleading.
Those two policies collided in a spectacular “fail” moment for Facebook when they suspended the account of a Vietnamese man whose name is pronounced “Poo da Bi”.
Being Vietnamese, the spelling is quite different, and the story is hilarious because there are so many ways Facebook might have avoided embarrassment over this, and they pushed it to a full-blown media circus.
When Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would begin testing soon on a new button that would allow users to “dislike” posts, he was careful to say that his desire would be for it to be used to show empathy when another user posts something dreadful – like a death in the family. Sure, Mark, I’ll just bet that is exactly how it will (NOT) be used! (/end sarcasm) Just one more reason I’m glad to have quit Facebook over 6 years ago, and will not be going back – ever.