Why I'm Not on Facebook

And now there's this 11/8/17:
Facebook Isn’t Recording Your Conversations, But It May as Well Be
And now there's this 11/7/17:
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met


I was going to, I really was.  I'd decided on a name, and I'd found a self-portrait, which I'd been assured was plenty cool:

I'd even found one less extreme, but still me:
"BFD," you say, "Get on with it."

Are you kidding me?  Grappling with identity memes before joining a legendary freaking social network.... are you kidding me?  All I have to say is...   

Yes, that's right -- Erving Goffman's Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.   And here.

Okay, so I figured out how to be and look and then I went to see who I'd friendify.  I found friends, family, colleagues, ex-colleagues,  high-school and college chum  chums, bands, shops, movies, people  and things I'd been avoiding all my life.  Why did I want to be a part of it now?

I'd received at least 4 invites over the past several years; things were happening with and to and by people I care about and I had no clue because I was unnetworked.  I began to crave connection. I wanted dozens -- no, hundreds -- of photos -- or even the impersonal and somehow sad placeholder image boxes of those who hadn't any published presentation of self. I was able to see the children of the friends of my sister-in-law's daughter, people who I would never meet, but who I'd be connected to by the book of faces.
To Be Continued....

  • Now, I agree with this writer, but
  • This article bothered me.
  • Continued 12/20/10:  Now it's almost a year later and we've all seen The Social Network and know how and why Mark Zuckerberg, rogue programmer, got this game-changer off the ground and got rich doing it.
  • And so there's this story, where all the real estate people are going to mine data.
  • Here's one of my favorite groups, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, noticing how third-party websites can send info back to the f-book showing what you were doing while you were away, via something called Beacon.
  • The EFF also has received Freedom of Information Act documents from May 2008 (Bush-era) about how information may be found on social networking sites to show whether marriages to obtain citizenship are real or faked:
... Specifically, the disclosure contains a May 2008 memo by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entitled Social Networking Sites and Their Importance to FDNS [Office of Fraud Detection and National Security] [PDF] which states:
Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of “friends” link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know. This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities. This social networking gives FDNS an opportunity to reveal fraud by browsing these sites to see if petitioners and beneficiaries are in a valid relationship or are attempting to deceive [United States Citizen and Immigration Services] about their relationship. Once a user posts online, they create a public record and timeline of their activities. In essence, using MySpace and other like sites is akin to doing an unannounced cyber “site-visit” on a [sic] petitioners and beneficiaries. (Emphasis added). In other words, USCIS is specifically instructing its agents to attempt to “friend” citizenship petitioners and their beneficiaries on social networks in the hope that these users will (perhaps inadvertently) allow agents to monitor their activities for evidence of suspected fraud, including evidence that their relationships might not live up to the USCIS’ standard of a legitimate marriage..(more)

1 comment:

Matt said...

I thought I was the only one who wasn't on the Facebooks.


*high five*