I Quit Facebook

Well, actually Facebook quit me. I tried to login today and found myself staring at this screen…

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Uhhhh, what? I didn’t receive the memo to let me know that the last 4 years of my facebook life have been eradicated by one of the facebook support drones.

Suddenly for the online world I have ceased to exist. My wife is no longer married to me according to her profile. All my Facebook friends think I deleted them from my friends list. My 110,000 members fanpage has been deleted. My family and friends who literally live on the other side of the world have no way to get in touch with me anymore.

Guess they’ll all have to miss out on the baby photos I was going to post in a few days, when my firstborn is scheduled to login to the world.

It’s kinda scary how dependent people become on 3rd party services. Facebook has quietly taken mass control of a whole lot of people’s online identities. And they can do with it as they please. Why do we call it a “social network” if they can so easily put someone in social isolation? I have no idea what most of my friends are up to now.

Like this morning, I got an update from a family member, who needed some emotional support. As soon as I found out about her situation, I gave her a call. She felt a lot better afterwards. Well tough titties for anyone else from now on. If you’re having a cry on Facebook, don’t expect me to know about it. I’m not allowed to play with the other kids anymore.

We really should take a step back and make sure we see the big picture – don’t take ANYTHING online for granted. What’s here today might easily be gone tomorrow. And it doesn’t take a hurricane or a war to blast you back into the middle-ages. All it takes is the click of a mouse, or the touch of a button of one of Mark Zuckerberg’s minions.

The bright side of a situation like this, is that I did some research and found a lot of troublesome information regarding Facebook. We’ve all heard about the privacy issues with Facebook, but did you know for example, that Mark Zuckerberg stumbled upon the creation of facebook, because he was trying to create a site where he could judge and compare people, based on the way they looked?

I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 p.m. and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland [dorm] facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
—9:48 pm
Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
—11:09 pm
Let the hacking begin.
—12:58 am

He managed to get some sort of system going, by hacking into the Harvard University Network, and copying PRIVATE dormitory ID images. (identity theft anyone?) Soon after that, he and three other students started working on a site called HarvardConnection.com, but just a week into the project, Zuckerberg’s intentions turned out to be the opposite of a cooperation – He used their ideas to build a competing product; Facebook.

Zuckerberg then abused his website, by going through the logs, retrieving users passwords, and accessing their private emails. What a great guy eh?

There’s a big ‘ol list of questions and doubts regarding Facebook as a company. But, what can we do? Facebook is MASSIVE. There’s no stopping it. Zuckerberg will own the world one day, and there is nobody that can stop him.

(PS I do have a slight suspicion as to why my Facebook account was disabled – I added some advertising on my 110K+ fanpage two days ago. Perhaps they didn’t like that).

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