Yaba Yaba

what? another blog? you must be joking.

Adiós FaceBook

with 5 comments

Right, that’s it. enough. I’m gone.

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling very comfortable there for some time now. The idea that these guys are making a commodity out of our identity was gradually seeping in, and I – call me old fashioned – it just didn’t feel right.

blackadder.jpg But now this. Derek Blackadder. Derek is a Canadian trade unionist who was trying to use FaceBook to do what trade unionists do: organise workers and promote their causes. This guy must have read the about page

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

And instead of thinking ‘oh, cool! I can throw a virtual wet fish at my homeboy’s virtual dog’ he thought ‘hey, social utility, connects – that could be useful for empowering workers, mobilizing campaigns, fighting corporations.

Ah, did you say fighting corporations? EEEEEEE wrong answer, dude. You’re out.

you can read the full story here, here, and all over the place. There’s a campaign to reinstate him, and knowing how these people are scared of bad publicity – they probably will (or already have), and say it was all a misunderstanding. But I say: why bother? You know this Internet? the great thing about it: you have the choice. At the end of the day, FB is just another social networking site. And not such a great find (unless you’re really, really into wet fish in the face). Just move on. It was getting too crowded anyway. See you guys at UnLtdWorld, Pulse, LinkedIn, or where ever the winds of web may take you.

(p.s. and leave a msg if you need an UnLtdWorld invite. They are seriously nice.)


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  1. Well, Facebook marketing stuff through social networks – more than a passing resemblance to Ann Summers, Tupperware or pyramid schemes. As long as it’s completely transparent (and Facebook tripped up, but unlike Google with its default sharing, Facebook backed down in the face of not all that much pressure) I’m OK with that – because Yish, they won’t be able to commodify a single relationship. Data links are not the same thing as human relationships at all. If we feel like we’re being instrumentalised by our friends then we walk.

    The Trade Union thing is serious. In all honesty, this should be my 3rd strike with facebook (after the newsfeeds and beacon) so yeah, I’m thinking about bowing out.


    February 2, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  2. Oh, now I’ve actually checked the links, Derek’s back on Facebook as you suggested he might be.

    Facebook, Google etc – the way I see it they’re a bit like hyaenas – they keep nipping to see if you kick. So we have to kick.


    February 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm

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