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Dear Facebook, I don’t like you this morning

Dear Facebook,

I don’t like you this morning. Why? Because you’ve made some changes that (a) come over as you bullying me, and (b) create a whole load of duff content that’s even worse than the Google Ad revenue chasing content-free spam sites which still clog up too many search results. Facebook used to be better than that.

To be precise, when I logged in this morning you gave me a choice. Either link items of my profile to newly created community pages or have them removed, instantly, from my profile.

No option to think about how it works or try things out. Just an enforced choice then and there before I could move on to another screen.

Now I know all about the frustrations of telling users something and them ignoring it – and so the temptation, and even at times need, to force events along with carefully chosen defaults. But this went far further than that.

Especially as much of the content that you force me to link to is, not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely awful. Take a look at http://bit.ly/9U3Rz7 [thankfully no more]. You’ve created a Community Page around my job title? I’d like to be flattered, but the truth is that this is just like the auto-created ‘content’ you find on websites that are chasing Google Ad revenue from people who land on them by mistake after a search.

It’s duff, irrelevant content – and it’s content that you are deliberately creating on a large-scale.

Even worse, you suggested I get community pages created for a whole load of other terms – including ones for the word “necessarily” and “order”.

That’s not valuable community content. That’s a mistake that will pollute Facebook with naff content- and one which you are forcing on users.

So as I said, Facebook – this morning, I don’t like you.

Perhaps someone in Facebook will realise trying to force a user into creating a community page for the word “necessarily” shows something has gone badly wrong.

I hope so.

Best wishes,

Mark

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6 responses to “Dear Facebook, I don’t like you this morning”

  1. It says much for the state of my mind that it takes reading this post to realise how badly this was managed. It’s not as if it’s the first time either!

  2. Oh, it wasn’t just me.

    I ended up with all my interests and associations being deleted, because my first reaction was to assume the links would just get flagged up by the facebook privacy scanner I run regularly now ..

    I didn’t notice FB tell me it was going to delete all that stuff.

    Auto creating a page called ‘A Bank’ to cover off my employment would have been silly.

    I’d neutered that because a whole bunch of the personal information facebook knows about me (date of birth, schools, my family’s surnames ..) are used to verify my identity.

    Oh well, if they keep it up, I’ll get bored and go away.

    Ben

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