10 Worst Things about Facebook [Part 1]

I have recently deactivated my Facebook account and, frankly, I feel a relief I never experienced since I set up my Facebook account sometime back in 2007.

Therefore, I will be sharing with you the 10 worst things about Facebook that you should keep an eye out for:

1. Where is our money?

As you know, Facebook has around 500 millions users and is valued at 65 billion dollars – which means that each of our memberships has added $130 to Zuckerberg’s bank account. What do we get in return? A big fat nothing!

2. Who remembers us, really?

Every birthday, you get loads and loads of short Facebook messages on your wall wishing you a happy birthday. You do realize that the only reason why most of them “remember” is Facebook’s notifications. Don’t you?

Facebook's birthday notifications

Facebook's birthday notifications

3. Replies galore:

Whenever you post anything on your wall, people jump right in offering advice, making judgments and acting like they know better. Your one sentence status update is followed by manifestos of related and unrelated comments which usually drive you insane!

4. Looking for me?

If you don’t know this by now, it’s time that you do: No matter what your privacy setting are, any pervert, weirdo or creep can be looking at your profile picture right now!

5. When did that happen?

Sometimes, when you have nothing to do, you go to your friend’s profiles and check out their pictures – weird but kind of alright. However, what is even weirder is your friends inviting you to view albums of events that you weren’t even invited to!

6. What is your profile picture?

Whether it is a male or a female, I don’t really get the obsession with profile pictures and the never ending struggle to find the perfect one!

Obsession with your profile picture

Obsession with your profile picture

7. Advertisers matter more than us!

Did you ever notice how Facebook’s business model is designed in a way that depends on sucking away out every last bit of privacy to benefit advertisers?

8. No more redesigns please:

Once you get the hang of your new Facebook profile and design, they go and change it once again. However, no real improvements are ever made!

And yet another Facebook redesign!

And yet another Facebook redesign!

9. Looking for a few friend?

Did you ever notice how almost all your “friend suggestions” are never really people whom you know, ever met or would like to meet?

10. What if I “dislike”?

One thing that truly annoys me about Facebook is its “Like” button! What if I don’t like, why can’t there be a “dislike” button?

That’s it for part 1 of this series.

Looking forward to any additions that you may want to add about the things you hate about Facebook in the comments section below :)

Comments and Reactions

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

    My reply to #9 “Did you ever notice how almost all your friend suggestions are never really people whom you know, ever met or would like to meet?”:

    In my case, it’s like magic. It’s always people I know, but don’t like and would never like to meet again. Mean, but true! :D

  • http://twitter.com/jackson1250 Thomas Bergel

     It seems to me that the biggest problem with Facebook is that geniuses in charge never learned IF IT’S NOT BROKEN; DON’T FIX IT!!

  • Lady J

    Nothing new. We all know this information. 

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

    Well I didn’t until right before I decided to deactivated my Facebook account :)

  • http://twitter.com/atomicpoet Christopher

    I, of course, seem to run against the sentiment of other commenters here in that I think many of your points are just plain wrong. Let me go over them.

    “As you know, Facebook has around 500 millions users and is valued at 65 billion dollars – which means that each of our memberships has added $130 to Zuckerberg’s bank account. What do we get in return? A big fat nothing!”

    You get the ability to connect with your friends and family, as well as the ability to play games like Farmville. And what does it cost for you to do so? $0. Speaking of which, before Facebook, much of what you’re doing on there was cost prohibitive. Hell, I remember going to the arcade as a child and paying $1 a pop — and it only lasted me five minutes.

    “If you don’t know this by now, it’s time that you do: No matter what your privacy setting are, any pervert, weirdo or creep can be looking at your profile picture right now!”

    Oh wait. Any pervert, weirdo or creep can look at your IP and DNS addresses.

    Not only is this paranoia, it shows a profound ignorance about the Internet. Did you know that privacy doesn’t exist on the Internet? Everything you do is trackable. Hell, every time you do a search on Google, that is recorded indefinitely — and if you’re logged into your Google Account, Google will be able to attach your searches to a specific name.

    Facebook’s real problem is that they give you the ILLUSION of privacy — implying that something exists when it does not. But hey, if they didn’t give you this illusion, would you be so willing to share your personal details on their network?

    “Advertisers matter more than us!”

    Of course. They’re the ones paying for the bandwidth YOU’RE using. The money has to come from somewhere right? 

    “Did you ever notice how Facebook’s business model is designed in a way that depends on sucking away out every last bit of privacy to benefit advertisers?”

    Well, you keep revealing intimate details of your life to a major corporation that is answerable to their shareholders, and must prove they are attempting to procure maximum profit their efforts. But this goes back to a point I made earlier: privacy doesn’t exist on the Internet.

    “Once you get the hang of your new Facebook profile and design, they go and change it once again. However, no real improvements are ever made!”

    Innovate or die. MySpace made no redesigns, and now they’re in social networking’s dustbin of history. Facebook obviously wants to avoid this fate, so they need to keep themselves relevant. That means redesigns.

    “One thing that truly annoys me about Facebook is its “Like” button! What if I don’t like, why can’t there be a “dislike” button?”

    Then simply don’t “Like” it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MCRRUK.Admin.and.HFMC.Volunteer Sarah Chappell

    How about doing a 10 best things about Facebook.

    1. Helps People with Missing Loved ones to Reach further with the information which wouldn’t normally get out of their district. Has been proven to help in the tracing of Missing Adult/Child, reuniting them with family/friends.

    2. Helps Reunite Long lost families/friends.

    3. Helps people who don’t get out of the house due to various reasons to still get to have a life and communicate with others.

    4. Gives you free stuff to do when cash is tight.

    5. You can find pages in your area where people swap, sell or give away stuff. “One Man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure” and it’s called recycling.

    6. Helps you to build a support network for people who have gone through the same things as you, ie child abuse, Cancer survivors or have lost a loved one to cancer, etc

    7. Helps you to make new friends who you may not have got to know previously

    8. You can stay in touch better and it doesn’t cost you to chat to friends/family who live miles away.

    9. Bring people Closer together through mutual interests.

    10. IT’S FREE AND A GREAT WAY OF GETTING INFORMATION OUT FOR GOOD CAUSES.

    There are probably loads more points I could make but I’m typing this in a rush so these are just of the top of my head. :D

  • http://cavemanhomecompanion.com/ Caveman Home Companion

    Facebook has been a valuable promotional tool for my blog. Whenever I write a new article the first thing I do is post it to my Facebook’s wall. I have several friends who then post it on theirs. I’m instantly exposed to thousands of potential readers. 

  • Cynde Hughes

    Every time I log into Facebook, they tell me my password is incorrect. I know what my password is, its tattooed on my arm!

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  • janina

    Yeah your right thats why I love twitter Facebook is old fashion and complicated but twitter is the future.

  • janina

    There is nothing best in Facebook its boguusss…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DJ6KLBGAOWMGIV4I57X4AQHIQ Zoe

    I wish there was a “dislike” button on Facebook for every comment about wishing there was a “dislike” button on Facebook.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DJ6KLBGAOWMGIV4I57X4AQHIQ Zoe

    I wish there was a “dislike” button on Facebook for every comment about wishing there was a “dislike” button on Facebook.

  • Hal Baird

    I completely removed my FB account 1 year ago this month.  Despite putting on all kinds of privacy “controls” on who could see what, lots of information leaked out anyway.  So I figured any social medium that can’t even follow its own privacy policy can’t be trusted and it’s best I don’t use it.  And believe it or not, I lost a real life friend because of comments I made mocking Farmville.  So for those who think Mark Zuckerburg is the second coming (the first one was Jewish, also) you can have your FB.  I’ll take my Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter as my social media outlets.
    Hal Baird (musicalhal on Twitter)

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