Facebook Resistance Workshop: A Chance for A Change?

News update: Due to unforeseen circumstances concerning the trainer, the workshop will be postponed toto Friday April 22nd.

Ever wished that you could change or manipulate some of the many laws of Facebook? Your wish could finally come true through The Facebook Resistance Workshop by Tobias Leingruber, which will be taking place on March 18th, 2011 in Amsterdam.

Facebook Resistance

Facebook Resistance

Workshop participants will learn how browser extensions (e.g. Firefox Add-Ons) enable us to locally modify Facebook.com and distribute it to the masses. Leingruber will be presenting the experimental and artistic Facebook hack concepts to the participants before turning these concepts into a real software that users worldwide can download and share.

The Idea:

Facebook Resistance is a research initiative accepting the status quo of Facebook being the dominant social identity management system, researching on ways to change it’s rules and functionality from inside the system, locally via Browser App.

Since Facebook sets the rules of how-to behave, the question is: Are we happy to live in their visualization of our online identity or do we want to change it? A change can be as trivial as adding a background-image. Facebook designing your online identity is like IKEA designing your apartment. The only individuality lies in the family pictures standing in your BILLY shelves.

Wanna Join?

The initiative is looking for 30 people with some web development experience (html/css/javascript), Photoshop skills, and those who can write good (philosophical) texts. However, anyone with web2.0 experience is welcomed to join as well.

For registration and more information, you can click here.

I am planning to apply… Are you? If not, why so? And do you think this can actually make a difference?

Looking forward to your comments and insights down below…

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    Sounds interesting. Yet, I’m not sure I grasp its importance. How would it make my life better if I change the background of my Facebook page?

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    I think the idea is to do more, way more! Changing other rules of Facebook which could make a great difference for users, making them more in control. Now how will they be doing this? That, I don’t know!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    That I would like to know to judge it.

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    it won’t it will make social networking ugly again! with bright colored and mismatched backgrounds and OTT fonts….

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