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Still On facebook?

If so, you may want to read the June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports. You may be looking for an alternative social site after reading the article about facebook. “…you share the details of your life on Facebook, assuming that you and other users are its main customers and that it’s accountable to you. But Bruce Schneier, cheif technology officer at security firm BT Global Service, says you’re not Facebook’s customer. ‘You are Facebook’s product that they sell to their customers,’ he says, refering to the network’s advertisers.” You have to ask yourself who is using whom? Stand up, be brave and seek out a better alternative. Invite your friends to follow you. True privacy is lost on the Internet but you can do a better job of protecting your personal information than on facebook. Does billionaire Mr. Mark really need you to help line his already bulging pockets? Check out other social sites. You may find a less offensive organization that may fill your needs. Twitter may be all you need. Or Blogger? Tumblr? WordPress? Posterous? You may also want to avoid friendfeed which is owned by facebook. Remember, The Beatles were warning us of the Blue Meanies so long ago. I left facebook and am glad I did. 

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3 thoughts on “Still On facebook?

  1. Thanks! Will check out the article!!

  2. Damn!! Suppose I will have to go back to twittering :DThanks James for that. Thanks also for your comments the other day – they got caught up in Blogger's hissy fit of a few days ago so they were totally lost – still at least I got to read them first 🙂

  3. Thanks! I think it's overdue that Kiyomi and I purge our content from Facebook.Facebook's biggest draw is it's inertia. So many of our friends and family are on Facebook that deleting our accounts means severing easy contact with our friends.As much scorn as people heaped on AOL for being "the internet on training wheels," AOL had a better UI, treated its partners and developers better, and treated its users with more respect. Facebook has never demonstrated the basic decency that Steve Case and AOL showed its users.

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