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Back in the beginning of the Internet Revolution, when Email was in its infancy, there was universal agreement about the need for “Netiquette.” Numerous books were published and countless websites were created to educate people how to use Email politely and considerately. Corporations around the world adopted standards for using Email and included them in their employee policy manuals.
Some of the most basic rules included not writing in all caps or using too much punctuation, like multiple exclamation points. The Netiquette guides also cautioned against making offensive, racist or obscene comments; sending email without checking it for spelling; sending “me, too” messages that added nothing to the dialogue; and keeping personal information private.
Then came Facebook. Which really ought to be called IN YOUR FACEbook, because it is the most annoying, intrusive, pointless, time-abusive manifestation of communication imaginable. Virtually every rule of Netiquette has been suspended by Facebook, and it has very quickly become to cyberspace what junk mail was to the postal system.
We may be living in a world where any putz with a camera or any bozo with an opinion can get exposure on Fox News or YouTube, but we should not have to suffer such fools every time we boot up and log on.
Pure democracy is a lovely ideal and it’s one we should always embrace and preserve. But just as the value of competitive sports is diminished when every child must be declared “a winner,” we are all poorly served when all of the information sent to us is considered equally credible, salient and important.
So while Facebook may be a valid marketing tool for companies (like Chick-Fil-A) that have found ways to use it to sell their products, most of us are still trying to figure out what to do with it. With that in mind, here are 10 Things I Hate About Facebook:
10. Cheesy self-promotions from people I don’t know
9. Cheesy self-promotions from people I do know
8. Messages with too much personal information
7. Postings about and from people I never heard of
6. Postings about people I know from people who have no right to be reporting the other people’s news
5. Invitations to “Friend” people I don’t know and/or don’t like
4. Getting email messages from Facebook about comments made on Facebook
3. Mark Zuckerberg
2. Insipid, childish, narcissistic content — especially photos