Friday, November 30, 2007

A Facebook Christmas

This guy buys his wife/girlfriend/mistress a Christmas gift on overstock.com and then Facebook reports it to all his friends as news. Not good facebook. Facebook has since stopped that aspect of its newsfeed.

I enjoy Facebook (are you my friend yet?). I do have the sense it is evil. Whenever I add a new application there is a list of things that you 'ok' to let the application go onto your Facebook page, I find the most scary one "gather information and data about you" I think we should all uncheck that one and see what happens.

Also- even if this guy got a good deal, I doubt that his wife/GF/mistress wants everyone to know where he got that gift (the commercials are ridiculous- "the O" pleeze).

I am glad Facebook has taken it down, but I suspect after Christmas Facebook will try to do it again- I have an idea, lets all get multiple email addresses, one for facebook, one for shopping, then they wont be able to find us-right? I know- you can run, but you cant hide...

3 comments:

Sean Tubbs said...

That's what I meant when I posted my status update as - should I be on Facebook? I like it, but at some point, their continuing efforts to monetize are going to continue to worry people like myself, who wants to know what they're doing with my data.

Jennifer said...

i agree that if you are concerned about your data, a completely reasonable concern, then it is probably best not to be on facebook. I will miss you if you leave, but I suppose I will see you at Council meetings and in the blogosphere so I wont be too upset.

Duane said...

This is one of many reasons I've chosen to eschew facebook, but I've made good use of LinkedIn. The latter appears to be more professional and rarely do I hear any press about juvenile acts being exposed through its network.