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Ten Cons of Facebook From Personal Experiences (Part 1)

Facebook is the dominant social site right now, with over 1 billion users across the globe. Although it was mainly launched as a social network...

Facebook is the dominant social site right now, with over 1 billion users across the globe. Although it was mainly launched as a social networking site, it has gone through a few changes over time. I personally became a Facebook member back in 2008 through word of mouth and peer pressure. However, over the passage of time, I realized that I should permanently close my account and never look back at it again. What follows is a brief survey of problems that I personally experience from being a Facebook user.

1. Unsolicited friendship requests. Back in 2008 and 2009, Facebook filtered most of the unsolicited friendship requests. However, they changed it, and now any casual user can send friendship requests to any user.

2. Avalanche of statuses. When you log in, you will dive into tons of status sharing contents like "My dog got home," etc, most of which are posted by people who are just your acquaintances. To me, it is just a waste of time and effort to even follow them.

3. Rudeness and intrusion of privacy. I created an App developer profile for the company project, they had me supply my cell phone number. Even though, I unchecked the "SMS text messages from Facebook," I still received SMS text messages for any status update.

4. Poor Security. In Fall of 2010, when I tried to log in to Facebook, it said someone in California had logged into my account recently. Living in DC and having a few friends in California left me to wonder how my account was compromised.

5. Email spamming. Even though I do not use Facebook through my developer account, I received a few emails on a weekly (if not daily) basis from Facebook. It is like sending junk and unsolicited emails to users to sell your ideas. To me, 80% of the messages that come from Facebook is synonymous to spam.

Continued in Part 2...

Ten Cons of Facebook From Personal Experiences (Part 1)

Posted: Wednesday February 13th

Facebook is the dominant social site right now, with over 1 billion users across the globe. Although it was mainly launched as a social networking site, it has gone through a few changes over time. I personally became a Facebook member back in 2008 through word of mouth and peer pressure. However, over the passage of time, I realized that I should permanently close my account and never look back at it again. What follows is a brief survey of problems that I personally experience from being a Facebook user.

1. Unsolicited friendship requests. Back in 2008 and 2009, Facebook filtered most of the unsolicited friendship requests. However, they changed it, and now any casual user can send friendship requests to any user.

2. Avalanche of statuses. When you log in, you will dive into tons of status sharing contents like "My dog got home," etc, most of which are posted by people who are just your acquaintances. To me, it is just a waste of time and effort to even follow them.

3. Rudeness and intrusion of privacy. I created an App developer profile for the company project, they had me supply my cell phone number. Even though, I unchecked the "SMS text messages from Facebook," I still received SMS text messages for any status update.

4. Poor Security. In Fall of 2010, when I tried to log in to Facebook, it said someone in California had logged into my account recently. Living in DC and having a few friends in California left me to wonder how my account was compromised.

5. Email spamming. Even though I do not use Facebook through my developer account, I received a few emails on a weekly (if not daily) basis from Facebook. It is like sending junk and unsolicited emails to users to sell your ideas. To me, 80% of the messages that come from Facebook is synonymous to spam.

Continued in Part 2...