Is Facebook dead?

Who here actually uses Facebook as their number 1 social media platform?

I’ll admit that good ol’ life invader is probably number 4 in terms of social media platforms I exist on. Just last year I spent the majority of December with the Facebook app deleted and the revelation was, I felt so much better for being without it…

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It’s not news that ‘FB’ have been involved in a bunch of ‘unsavory’ activities when it comes to data, our data. Cambridge Analytica happened and this is without mentioning many more speculative activities the social media giant have been linked to all of which links back to our data. Both Trump and Brexit are could be suggested here…

From all of these revelations, I just get this feeling that things are no longer the same. Yes Facebook boasts a huge amount of users but do they use it as much these days? Is the social network just a reanimated corpse walking around with users who seemingly latch on because there isn’t an alternative? Most of us know their history of less than reputable dealings but I take a look around and long gone are the days where most of the people I know put up statuses on a daily basis. It feels like a ghost town, or a mining town where the gold ran dry.

I’ve boasted for a long time that my usage of ‘FB’ is limited to messenger and events planning. That’s probably the same for most of you. My author page sits idle a lot of the time and I probably post something every other week. The real truth is I don’t know anybody who’s Facebook page is their go-to platform anymore.

Out of all the super businesses in the world Facebook doesn’t actually produce anything. They earn money from advertising and they also take a shit ton of our information on a daily basis. Most of the people who will read this right now will be logged in to Facebook and not bat an eye about it. Much like our devices, Facebook is listening, it’s a harrowing sinister thought that for some reason nobody seems to challenge. You ever talk to someone about a particular subject and then that subject appears in a pop up ad on your browser? I suppose that’s the answer when you ask what they are doing with out data.

Fu**ed up isn’t it? And that’s without mentioning the repercussions social media is having on our mental health. The instant gratification and mining for likes generation are soft and vulnerable by their own means. And the generation just before were brought up on the Simpsons, South Park, Little Britain and the Office and they are just as afraid to say their mind because it could offend. This really is a world trying to figure itself out.

Social media has given birth to that new world and I could go deeper but the world Facebook has created could ultimately be its undoing. It’s already began. This is without even mentioning some of the fantastic positives social media has. Most of you reading this wouldn’t be doing so without social media. Some of the people I have come to know at the other end of a keyboard are probably the reason I haven’t given up. It’s a strange old world.

 

What do you think of Facebook? Have we changed or has Facebook? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Problem with…Facebook

There’s a hefty amount of conflict that swirls around the title of this post, simply because it goes against what may be the most powerful social force today, Facebook. A vision which initially began as a college project has recently been revealed to have a concerning sinister underbelly…

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Those of the living under a rock persuasion (and I admire you) may not know that very recently Facebook had their business exposed by the way of Cambridge Analytica, a somewhat evil sounding corporation straight out of a dystopian future looking to control the world by harvesting everyone’s private information. And the rub is, that fanatical  analogy doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

If you google ‘Cambridge Analytica’ you’ll see for yourself what they have been up to along with Facebook. And to put it basically, they accessed millions of user’s data without really telling them! Now the details are rich amongst the many news articles online but a figure which seems to echo throughout is 87 Million. That is the number of Facebook users who had their ‘information’ collected via a sneaky quiz app, you know the types that come up every now and then via the news feed.

So what type of information are we talking here? Now this is where some of the facts may differ but we are talking personal things here, such as; political beliefs, interests, friend’s information, phone call logs even if you didn’t use facebook to call, location and even private messages. There is even rumors of deleted information still being kept somewhere..

This is where the real power of Facebook is exposed, and its quite concerning to say the least how much they have on one person. So what is real problem here? 

Facebook are heavily known for being vague and having many grey areas when it comes to rules. Kind of like ‘do as I say, not as I do’. This poses the real issue here and that question is; what are Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s real intentions?

Having all this data gives a major company a lot of sway via the information gathered. It can even be used in a political sense, such as an election. President Barack Obama did exactly the same as Cambridge Analytica and was even perceived and viewed as clever for doing so. But it doesn’t matter what this information is being used for, it’s the fact they have it.

For what initially seems like an uber democracy, the internet over recent times has just become yet another place where the corporations have more control and again Facebook has proven this. It’s all about the money seemingly, and in these circumstances the conflicted arises from the fact there is no real alternative to Facebook.

Honest people like me have invested in Facebook for the use of not just socializing but for trying to launch a career in writing. I’ve had success as an author because of Facebook and the networking it provides. I have met people from across the globe because of this social network and built a following over time. There is so much good in what Facebook is, the world is much smaller and better connected place because of it, but…

Some of the worst things have come from the best of intentions and Facebook is staring down the barrel of conflicted users because of their conduct. Near enough Everyone I know uses Facebook and let’s put this into perspective.

Let’s say I developed a way to harvest millions of people’s personal information, all the way to level where I knew what they had for breakfast. I’m pretty sure the law wouldn’t just let that fly, you probably wouldn’t see me again. But Mark Zuckerberg was able to sit in front of US senators and talk about the idea of regulating Facebook and tell them he doesnt ‘feel’ like he has a monopoly.

It’s incredible that billionaire types get some kind of preference all because of money. I can almost guran-damn-tee Facebook will live to fight another day after this scandal passes and the problem is for people like me, is that’s the result I kind of need to continue a decent social media presence. We have no choice but to carry on. Even if millions of people delete Facebook, or a token celebrity tries to make some political deal about it, they will still stand. For as long as the internet is floating in the airwaves there is no real way to put any real lawful control across the globe for it.

So I guess for now life will continue with needless selfies, an overabundance of emojis, name tests and vague attention fishing statuses… Every now and then Facebook brings something good but that frequency is dying.

Have you deleted Facebook? Or are you like me and need to reach followers  in order to promote books. Speaking of books,

The Teleporter arrives in just a few weeks, there,will,be, booze!