Fuck You Facebook

February 2, 2011 — 14 Comments


Fuck you Facebook! You are inconsiderate, insensitive, and downright cruel.

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Like a night out with Charlie Sheen, it may be entertaining at first, but then it just gets disturbing.

Facebook’s intrusion of our personal lives has gotten out of hand. Couple it’s infection with their desire to sell ads to the point of exploitation, and you can call them downright cruel. Facebook is like that friend who still tells “Your mom” jokes in a group where someone’s mother has died. Just ignorant (or stupid) and overtly offensive.

Let me regale you with my story: Just the other weekend, my girlfriend and I broke up (the why is not important for this story). I logged into Facebook the other day, and noticed that she had already changed her relationship status from ‘In a relationship’ to ‘Single’. When she did this, it automatically bumped me to ‘Single’ as well. That part wasn’t so much a big deal; it actually makes sense. The unnerving thing was that Facebook decided to post that fact as a update on my wall! So, in case my friends and other contacts didn’t know, Facebook wanted to be sure they all knew! And it came complete with a “Like” & “Comment” button! Because that is exactly what I want: some jerk sitting around, seeing that and thinking “This guy broke up? Oh yeah, super cool! Let me ‘Like’ this.”

Like this?! Yeah, that's fun stuff

Thankfully, there is a remove button. Call me crazy, but I feel I don’t need every schmoe I know in passing on Facebook saying ‘Sorry to hear that man’ and ‘Oh jeeze, that sucks, what happened?’. It’s not exactly an ideal conversation starter, especially given that any spawned discussion will surely involve someone going on about their own life and telling me what I ‘ought’ to do. It’s my business; I’ll share with who I want to. Not who Facebook wants to.

It gets worse yet. Facebook decides to get cruel. While browsing some friends’ pages, I notice that all the ads on the right-hand side now have a ‘single’ common theme to them [pun intended]. It’s like Facebook’s idea of a sick joke. See the picture below:

Damn are these ads targeted or what?

Talk about kicking a guy while he’s down. I haven’t felt this exploited and used since my first Milli Vanilli concert. They’re serving ads based on life’s downs; and it wasn’t just one or two ads, it was All of them. Every single ad had a not-so-subtle message. Facebook basically says to me: “Hey, I know you’re going through a tough time what with that break up and all, and you’re still dealing with it, but let me rub it in a little more and remind you that you’re definitely single now”.

Luckily I’m not the type of person to go off the deep end and get all emotionally destroyed from something I read on the Internet, especially from something as simple as Facebook, but I know there are people out there who do. I only hope my Ex is one of them. Heh heh, just kidding.

Looks like I’ll be continuing with my current social network activity plan: log in maybe once every few weeks, and when I do, do it on the iPhone app where ads like this don’t live.

This one goes out to you, Facebook.
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Jacob "Boom Shadow" Tirey

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