It’s not just that I don’t like the abuse of private information. That’s been well-documented by Dana Boyd and others. I also find the smug attitude to be more than I can stand. As a casual Facebook user, I find that I am constantly being told what to do – play this game, give us access to your Gmail Contacts – look at all your “friends” who did the same thing. It’s nauseating.
So, I’ve spent a little time lately ranting and raving like a lunatic to see what happens. Facebook is one of the great data miners out there. Will they react to my profanity-laced insolence? Only time will tell.
In the interim, however, Facebook is making an excellent punching bag; it therapeutic! Bad day at work? Yell at Facebook. Dog peed in the house? Facebook’s fault. Phillies on a losing streak? Fuck Facebook! Try it, you’ll like it.