Thursday, March 12, 2009

True Words About Facebook

My mother recently signed up for Facebook, and she wrote me this email:
Since I joined Facebook, I've gotten tons of messages saying people have confirmed me as a friend or relative but I still don't see the point of all this. Nobody has sent me a message that they could not have just as easily sent me by regular e-mail. I'm guessing I was already in all their address books. What's the point of all this???
Mom, there is no point. Facebook's most useful function is to allow office workers with uncontrolled internet access to waste time.

Robert Cringely's rant on Facebook spam is worth reading. Whenever I log in to Facebook (which is less and less often) I find myself ignoring more requests to join. that I think about it, Facebook is really annoying. Can you imagine this kind of behavior in real life?

(Of course, that video was sent to me on Facebook.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And that's why I don't use facebook. That and the massively scary privacy implications.

Btw., instant messaging is a genuinely different communication mode and Mom should investigate it. She'd hear from me more.