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The hacker group that goes by the name Anonymous has performed cyber attacks on the Pentagon. Now they vow to destroy Facebook on November 5th. Apparently angered by privacy concerns and pissed off at how challenging of a task it is to delete your Facebook account, Anonymous claims it will “kill Facebook”.
Would you mind if Anonymous was successful?
Facebook continually takes steps to change its service from being a social networking medium to becoming an eCommerce platform. Facebook only cares about scrounging for their advertisements to be clicked on by impulse buyers. They are pilot testing a ‘Buy’ button, where users can click the ‘Buy’ call-to-action button on advertisements and posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without the need to leave Facebook. Knowing Facebook, this test run will inevitably become an actual feature sooner than later.
You want to never have to use Facebook again, but you don’t want to lose out on your social life. You don’t want to miss out on all of the private messages, photos, and event invitations. Here’s how you go about the process:
1. Change the notification settings in your Facebook account to email you whenever a message is sent to you, a birthday is coming up, someone sends you an event invitation, etc.
2. Download all of your photos from Facebook using Move Your Photos in Chrome. This puts all of your photos into Picasa. You can then set it up to get an email notification when someone tags you in a photo.
3. In your email, create a folder for Facebook notifications and set up a filter so that all notifications are automatically filed into that folder.
4. Facebook has an option that allows you to add your events into a real calendar, so that way you don’t need to log into Facebook to keep track of all of your events. Create your own invitations using eVite.
5. Let all of your ‘friends’ know that you will not be using Facebook any more, and that the best way to reach you is by email, text, or phone.
A recent social media survey ranked Facebook and Linkedin lowest in customer satisfaction. Others companies in the survey were Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest. Twitter was ranked 3rd highest and Pinterest scored the highest, partially due to their less intrusive advertising. Facebook scored low because of privacy concerns and high use of advertisements. Facebook users are also increasingly starting to think their ‘friends’ are annoying and hate it when their ‘friends’ brag about how great their lives are.
1. You spend more time communicating through Facebook than in person.
2. You are on Facebook more than 20 minutes a day. 20 minutes per day adds up to 5.069 days per year of your life that you have completely wasted.
3. Facebook is the first thing you do when you wake up. And then you’re back on 15 other times throughout the day.
4. You completely ignore your child because you are too busy writing a post about how your eggs tasted strange this morning.
5. You’ve finished your nice dinner at a nice restaurant with your spouse, and you realize at the end that you were just Facebooking the entire time.
6. You announce an important change or event in your life on Facebook. “Hey mom and dad, I’m engaged!”
7. You cut off a quality conversation with someone you just met in real life so that you can send them a friend request.
8. You have been the recipient of the real life words “Please get off of Facebook and spend time with me”
9. You reveal something very deep and personal on Facebook which you regret forever.
10. Every time you find yourself with your circle of friends in real life, you catch yourself just reading your Facebook updates rather than actually talking to them.
OMG, how much would I love to go just one day without seeing a Facebook icon, logo, URL, etc. OMG, how much I would love to go just one day without hearing the word ‘Facebook’ or ‘post’ or ‘comment’ or ‘like’ or ‘unfriended’ or anything of the sort!
All I ask for is ONE DAY without Facebook entering the picture!!!!!
1. Anti-social behavior: Facebook is destroying face-to-face conversations and interactions. People would rather just carry on a PM chat on Facebook than meet their friend for lunch. This is destroying our real identity, and turning our identity into a lame virtual version of itself.
2. Jealousy: Facebook causes people to try to make their page be as cool as possible. It makes users want to flaunt what they have and how spectacular their life is. It makes its victims try to come up with witty posts and comments. While everyone’s fighting to make themselves look badass on Facebook, it creates jealousy from their friends who don’t feel like their lives add up. Without Facebook, this unnecessary jealousy wouldn’t exist.
3. Depression: Too much jealousy compounded upon more daily jealousy can lead to depression. Life is hard enough without having to see how happy your friends seem to be. Enough people suffer from clinical depression to have to top it off with Facebook adding to the mix. Delete your Facebook account and take steps to lift yourself out of your funk.
When you are feeling down, do you ‘like’ reading posts about how happy your ‘friends’ are?
When you are feeling lonely because you’re currently single, do you ‘like’ reading about how great their significant other is?
When you keep trying to get pregnant, do you ‘like’ reading about some ‘cute’ thing their stupid kid did?
When you are stuck again late at the office, do you ‘like’ seeing photos of the the amazing vacation they’re having in Hawaii?
A 600 person study by two universities in Germany concluded that 1 out of 3 of the participants felt worse after visiting Facebook. Browsing through photos of their ‘friends’ life success triggered feelings of loneliness, misery, and envy.
1. People keep making annoying posts about all of the stupid little details in their lives.
2. Your parents and relatives are now watching everything you do and say.
3. Your parents post photos of you that you’d never want anyone to see.
4. The site makes you feel negative about your life.
5. Facebook makes getting over a break up very hard to do.
6. Potential employers checking out your page might completely misjudge you.
7. You realize that you only know and care about a small handful of your hundreds of Facebook friends.
Your Identity: The more you use Facebook, and make a digital footprint ‘Avatar’, are you losing some of your real world personality and identity? Is your identity becoming blurred by the digital version of you on Facebook? Do you learn more about yourself and your friends through this online medium than in the real world? Is your self-worth defined by how may Likes and comments you get? Who are you?
It’s easier to answer that last question when you’re not completely wrapped up in Facebook.
Beheadings: Facebook says it’s OK to put up images of beheadings, as long as the post includes a warning or disclaimer.
Greed: Facebook will do anything to bring in an extra buck. They continue with sponsored stories and obliterate any privacy in hopes of using your personal information to make as much advertising revenue as possible.
Privacy: They’re constantly changing their privacy policies, so that no one can keep up to know what they’re really doing with your personal data.
No Remorse: They never admit mistakes, and so of course they never apologize for any damage done to any individual, company, or society as a whole.
Stalker’s Paradise: Facebook makes it easier than ever to spy on someone without their knowledge. I always hear stories about people doing such, and Facebook does nothing to stop or slow it. Who knows how much damage has been done in the world because of creepers utilizing Facebook.
Game Requests: You don’t need me to explain this one. Albeit, not evil, but enough annoyance can certainly tip towards the side of evil.
1. You will be more productive at work and at home
2. You will spend more REAL time with your REAL friends, and you will make some REAL memories
3. You will discover a better prioritization of your life and your time
4. You will learn to enjoy the present
5. You will take back your valuable privacy
6. You will avoid being exploited by advertisers
7. You will free yourself from technology
8. You will start to live your own life, rather than living vicariously through other people’s lives
1. Parents are now on Facebook, and you know they’re stalking their kids with it
2. Your parents make lame comments on your posts
3. You cannot post cryptic messages
4. Your friend’s dirty joke is now your mom’s dirty joke
5. Your dad makes fun of you, albeit unintentionally
6. Your negative status upsets grandma
7. Your mom posts embarrassing photos of you as a child
8. Your family post personal family drama for the world to see
9. After time you’ll realize you aren’t your parent’s favorite child
10. Your friends will all learn that your grandpa is a perve
11. Your friends realize that your little brother if funnier than you are
I think they’re educated and awesome. What do you think about them?
Find out what others think at Yahoo Answers.
Don’t let Facebook consume your soul!
1. Facebook is the biggest time suck since Snood.
2. Most of your Facebook friends aren’t your actual friends. They’re just schmucks you don’t care about.
3. There are much better social media sites for photo sharing, such as Instagram. Although, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Zuckerberg takes that over…
4. Facebook brings out the worst in folks. For example, the re-spewing of false information that political pundits dump on us, followed by angry comments. Then there’s the cyber bullying, spurring activists to go so far as to try to make it illegal. High school kids are probably committing suicide at a higher rate nowadays because of Facebook.
5. Twitter is filled with much more interested material actually worth reading.
6. The volume of ads on Facebook is getting worse and worse.
7. Dumping Facebook will simplify your life. Keep it simple, stupid.
1. Their Terms Of Service are horrid. For one, they state that not only do they own your data, but that if you don’t keep it up to date and accurate, they maintain the disgression to terminate your account.
2. Facebook straight up declares a war on privacy. Now that they’ve introduced the Open Graph API, Facebook not only wants to know everything about you, and own your data, but they want to make it available to everybody. All stalkers are now on holiday.
3. Facebook is pulling a bait-and-switch. While they’re telling developers how to access your data with new APIs, they’re very quiet about explaining the implications of this to members. Facebook promotes having you hand out information you might not normally share, and then they make it fully public. As they’re in the business of monetizing your information for advertising, they essentially do their best to trick users to provide advertisers with as much information about them as possible.
4. Suckbook is a big bully. Pete Warden, an independent software developer, demonstrated how this bait-and-switch works and Facebook proceeded to sue him.
5. Even your private data is shared. All of your data is shared with applications that you install, meaning that you’re not only entrusting Facebook to keep your data secure, but also entrusting the application developers with your name, email, demographics, etc.
6. Facebook does not have adequate technical skills to be trusted. Their ‘Like’ button makes it easy for spammers to gain access to your feed and spam your social network. Also, accidently making user’s profiles completely public doesn’t help their cause either. Privacy protection is the opposite of their primary objectives.
7. Facebook makes it preposterously difficult to delete your account. In your account settings you are given the option to ‘deactivate’ your account, which as it turns out is not the same thing as deleting it. When deactivated, you can still be tagged in photos and be spammed by Facebook. Even when you delete your account, they make no promises of deleting your data.
8. Facebook doesn’t really support the Open Web. They claim that their Open Graph API is “open” but in fact it is 100% proprietary to Facebook. You cannot use this feature unless you’re logged into Facebook.
9. Its founder is unethical. Suckerberg has allegedly used Facebook user data to guess email passwords and read personal emails in order to discredit his rivals.
10. The actual ‘Product’ that Facebook provides blows chunks. Stupid farms and mafia wars. Annoying advertisements left and right, especially since Facebook when public. Compelling you to read your friend’s boring-ass posts. Uggg…