Thursday, February 05, 2009

Why Facebook Sucks...



Facebook is just about my worst nightmare. What a shallow vortex. Yes, sure, the tingly thrill, the thrill of people! All that attention from the past and present. All the faces, all the old crushes and curiosities. The drug of memory, the afrodisiac of the past, the cartoon concepts of important people who want y-o-u, without all that stench and awkwardness of actual human life. So this is it - the future!

So what? We're staining our social fabric with this?

I simply don't buy these bullshit "connections." As far as I can tell, two weeks into this experiment, there's no substance. It's dumb dogs sniffing each other's butts, comparing fecal bacteria. It's an extended high school popularity contest for people who can't let those glory days go. It plays/preys on people's desperation to be included. Really what gets me though is the brazen insult it heaves at technology's potential to offer amazing new forms of communication.

Am I missing something? Please enlighten me. Getting all nauseated by modern trends in human behavior. It's one of my specialties.

That said, will you please please please become "a fan" of something important? Just enter "Focus on AIDS 13" in the Facebook search box. My ego needs you there. Here ends the hypocrisy.

Unless you want more Facebook bashing, here.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said!

2:10 AM  
Blogger pigatschmo said...

if you see facebook as a virtual commons or town square... where people & ideas are free to accidentally mingle... what's so bad about that?

the thing is just a template and becomes whatever its users make it.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lost an account that I spent about 400 hours building up, with no warning and supposedly because I'm a musician and invited my friends to listen to my music and let me know what they liked. Setup my own blog that I own, so NO SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE can waste my time again. In fact, I'll just setup another account, using another name, and invite all my business associates and friends to my new website. I had warning signs a few months ago that the site had very irrational oversight and should have stopped using FaceBook back then. Oh well, I'll let all my family, employees and friends know.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

If you are tired of facebook but want a way to connect with artists and musicians then you should check out www.putiton.com

If you are tired of facebook but still want to connect with your friends then pick up the phone...

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i started a social networking profile thing on my Cardigans website back in 1997. It had profiles, list of emails, etc. it was innocent back then. and that was when the Internet was booming. now it's just crap. just like those dumbass reality shows on tv and cable. i think social networking on the Net really sucks. it's impersonal, a popularity contest, and b.s. people should try more non-nerdy things like.... actually meeting real people in the real world, adding less friends on your "buddy list", and getting a life. I am really tempted to close my Facebook account. I have two accounts on MySpace, and it fits me better cos I love music and creativity.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

If you;re 15 or in a band social networking sites are OK I guess. However if you're in a relationship/married it's a nightmare, these sites are a complete waste of time. What ever happend to being anonymous or just picking up the phone to call your friends. Most of the people you meet on these sites are attenion whores and the people in your past are there for a reason. Think I'm wrong check your wife or husbands private messages not the pulic comments, though I doubt the;ll give you the password.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Isabella said...

I don't understand why Facebook is so...boring. It does suck and I agree with everything you said.I just don't get why it's so popular.It's just so bland.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Albino Cavewoman said...

Facebook is holier than thou poison. At least Myspace doesn't try to hide that fact that it's puerile bullshit.

10:33 PM  
Blogger "StiLL ReMAiN n hacKinGisFuN" said...

YuP..... FACEBOOK SUCKS ... NOT ProFessIoNAL SOciaL NetworkiNG SysTEM

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Facebook is incredibly shallow. It is just another way for people to tell other people how f**king awesome and interesting their lives are every single second of every single day. And you get to see how wonderful someone is because they have 1000 friends and you only have 20. I made the mistake of joining, and I am deleting it because it is so phony. I wrote some of my so called friends and they don't write back. Go figure. So....I am done with the whole thing. What a waste of time. It is too beautiful outdoors to waste time on Facebook anyway.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said.
FB is for people who need to act like someone they are not.
FB is for people who are noops.
Almost every person i had conversation with on facebook didn't know how to operate their own computer. I have never seen such a mess load of people in one place that don't even belong on the internet.
Perhaps facebook is a perfect spot for all the noops. We surely don't need them clogging up the rest of the internet.
(I made myself get banned from facebook today.) No more junk in my life.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Facebook if it continues will replace most social interaction. People as a whole are lazy and insecure. This social media marketing program is a way for market analyst to sell popular and relevant web slots to business.That is its main function. The Blah Blah crap of Facebook makes me ill with it rambling of unimportant wining This is 1 reason why people seldom talk to each other ( Sorry I did not call back you should probably try Emailing me that work best for me ) Has anyone heard this before? I for one am able to think on the fly with out conjuring up some false email conversation to act like I am keeping in touch WORLD WAKE UP!!!!What I thought was a freaked out mom asked me to explain a Facebook issue I sent this to her trying to help her to find the whole thing was a scam

After you left this guy Richard and I think he has several registrations started hitting hard on phyliss and when I found out about it he had set a pic of his hard manhood with a fresh load . several I believe. Then he went after every skirt that touched the table crashed horrible but everyone was nice. as the nite went on Phyliss was my segregate You. H e started to get upset and brought up the really nasty guy that came after Phyliss earlier almost like he knew exactly what had happened Phyliss got scared left that when we met back with you and told you.This was early this morning
He stated again and that was when I figured how to block the idiots that have been verbally attacking numerous women He flipped. Next thing I now I get bumped off 8 9 times as my turn comes. Stupid game right? He leaves it stop until I start Talking to Phyliss again 10 times in one hand. Finally gave up leave room and find him in lobby looking .clicked on him three time
Back to Phyliss's table watching. The whole time this was going on phyliss and I are pm trying to figure what the is going on . She bumps into him again and asked why he was messing with our hands and he said nothing I went through my face book page and looked everything and took all private information off my site Banned him but he could become anyone and re appear
Fun game but as with 10% of the people create 90% of the problems>
I am truly sorry for all this negative crap .I have for the last 30 years have been doing statistical probabilities and risk management. You are too attractive to post a pic of yourself online. Please change your avatar to something non sexual appealing to be used on sites like this have a friend and family site that has nothing but silly stuff no reference to gaming only site separate. Face book Twitter and so are latest generation Social market Medium tool to capture key words and volume
for market purpose.Almost equal to the beginning of the dot com era. EVERY WORD NUMBER THOUGHT NAME ECT is automatically a key word. Major New school stuff. All chatter is text format and can be retrieved by court order and is admissible in most courts that I know of. I know you do know be but please validate all that I told you. I truly care about my friends having problems and I consider you as such. Deepest affection Don

if you choose to contact me

Hi Don,
Cal gave me some chips. Is that bad? I am a total newby to this
> just started playing on here last week. What about this guy Richard too?
> The guy from Australia??
>
> Robin
>

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An obtrusive non-educational way to disect bits of information from unsuspecting individuals who display very little or next to no knowledge of the www. The site should be shut down solely based on the intrusive nature of the beast, unbenownst by it's users!

Randy Jay Bergman

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what you people are saying. FB really does suck and is a sad testimony of our so-called "high tech" world.

The thing that really sucks about FB is anytime you say something, you are swarmed with lame assessments from the cesspool of FB "friends". If you state something slightly off the FB Moral Majority center, you are cast down into the fires of FB hell.

Therefore limited to endless non-sensical remarks that mean absolutely nothing, or sugar-coated candy popcorn comments that warms their little FB hearts.

I predict FB will die in a year or two. it is SOOO Pathetic !!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

with all those comments left-i still think im the only one who left a comment who DOESN'T have a facebook account!!! haha, its true.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

One of the things i hate about facebook is being added by strangers. I've had numerous strangers try to add me, or people who were never nice to me at school, and i usually ignore them. If they dont get the message, then i will block them or report them. I had one such person who, after i blocked him, tried to add me from a different account. The reason i joined facebook was to stay in touch with old friends, or friends who live far away. Other reasons it sucks: invasion of privacy, which is why i deleted some pics and applications, and i've had to limit some of my friends to viewing my profile, just because i happen to have a friend who one of my friend hates, so ive had to limit them. Second, it saves all your data, even after you have long deleted it. This is enough to make my skin crawl. Facebook has also changed the way we socialise in the real world, it makes us more passive, and makes us think that just because we've seen their updates and pictures on facebook, we know all there is to know and we dont need to bother getting in touch. Which is why ive stopped updating, and even removed a lot of stuff. Whatever happened to picking up the phone and calling someone, or meeting up in reality?

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who you guys are...I just did a Google search on "Facebook sucks," and this is what I got...
I spend very little time online, though there seems to be a connection here to musicians, which I am, sort of...
However, most of us seem to have something in common...
Facebook sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where do I begin about how awful this medium is...
I thought I might connect with other lady guitarists...wrong...
I thought, maybe I could reconnect with my old hometown....yeah, that happened, but all I discovered was people who must spend inordinate amounts of time playing ridiculous online Facebook games...a.k.a. Facebook "applications". Why would anyone waste their time in such endeavors??? Or post inane banal nothings about their lives...you get the idea.
What a disappointment.
For my solitary moments, give me my guitar, a glass of wine, some good music, some improvisation, and screw the computer!

11:13 PM  
Blogger snakemannn said...

Facebook is a Nazi Regime that edits the things you say or do and if for any reason someone that works there sees fit they can just destroy all you have built up with no warning or recourse. I had over 1800 friends and family there and because of who I am I got a lot of fan mail and friends requests on a daily basis. Every day Facebook sent me people and suggested that I make them my friends there and so i would. But they just deleted me. They gave me some vague reason that I might have done 5 or 6 different things that might have harassed someone and so they just deleted everything. All my friends and family contacts around the world as well as all the correspondence that I had saved and built up. They told me their decision is FINAL and I have NO RECOURSE whatsoever. I am so tired of Nazi's in America ruling us and hating those opposed to themselves!!!Facebook is a Nazi Regime and is one of the bad things about AMERICA!!!

Victor the SnakeMannn
www.snakemannn.com
www.myspace.com/snakemannn
snakemannn@aol.com

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FB sucks BIG time. The only reason I got on it was to find old friends who are all over the world.

So, there's this MASSIVE problem with site glitches, inability to log in, being told you have to be logged in to do (fill in the blank) WHILE one is logged in, inability to access mail, inability to post (database failure, says the message) and a host of other problems. When contacted FB - nothing but ONE auto response asking for screen shots of the problem. Sent the, literally a dozen emails with screen shots and NOT RESPONSE!!! They are a bunch of useless, lazy, good for nothing a$$3s!!!!

2:52 AM  
Blogger miro said...

sharon, love your detailed reply, didn't know about that chat retrieval thing.
yes, facebook sucks BIG time. It's official now!
I get email alerts of what's happening on my wall, or if someone's tagged me in a pic. judging by it's degree of importance, I login or don't login. I can safely say I have learned how to ignore facebook.
There are a lot of things that irritate me, but this one beats the rest of them, the pictures. Some of my friends(or so called friends), it seems , arrange parties, get together's, dress up nicely only for their facebook albums.
and if you have a bf/gf ,then listen to this carefully. never ever check their accounts , their chats etc. my cousin almost had a break up because of this. facebook and other such sites can be very misleading and a LOT of flirting goes on there. it may/may not mean that the person likes/loves you any less but it does give pple a free hand, an easy excuse. so, basically all this is eating into the very fabric of our society.
and hey,I like pple who DON'T use these sites and also, I secretly start disliking pple who have like a 1000 pictures and 300+ friends.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous RG said...

People spend 8-10 hours/week on facebook! Imagine - that time could be used to take up a hobby, learn to play a musical instrument, create your own website with a personalized domain, etc. Facebook = for idiots & by idiots.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

I agree with you guys - FB is a complete waste of time and not conducive to building real friendships. Ironically its sole value for me is that it helped me track down the people I hated at school and give them a piece of my mind and I got apologies from some of them. Everyone's partying and having babies...I'm sick of everyone smearing their vulgar pictures like babies in the delivery room all over the place..no thanks people! FB is addictive, and all I feel every time I'm finished with it is sad, lonely and inadequate, and it doesn't reflect me and my life. So I'm done with it! If you have friends, email them or even better, go have a drink with them!

12:10 AM  
Blogger johnny P. said...

why yes ... yes i really would like some more facebook bashing , you cant write enough pages to explain all the ways that facebook sucks ass to make me happy

and yet i'm stuck with it because all my friends and family are to lazy and small minded to understand that there are better things out there ... hell i even offered to build a social website for all of them if they would drop facebook and use it instead " but then how will we play farmville? " ... holy christ we are all doomed

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will never be a moment in my life that I will feel the need for Facebook. All the lemmings that think that it's the eighth wonder of the world will sing a different tune when their personal data is sold to the highest bidder (if it hasn't been already). Facebook is a pimple on the ass of society, the "I'm so cool, look at me" morons need to go outside and let the sun hit them.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Nicholas Juntilla said...

They blocked me for having too many friends anyway. Screw facebook. Who cares how many friend requests you get? Is it really worth blocking one person from sending requests just because some people don't like how 'liked' they are. Facebook should go to hell.

6:53 PM  

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