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.
|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 –
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.)