Granted the Facebook isn’t as annoying as Myspace was before it suddenly died under a deluge of watch my band, be my special friend emails that invaded your account shortly before you fled to another social medium. However, what is going to replace facebook in several years when it reaches that inevitable tipping point where there is more spam advertising than people?
I mean we’ve already reached the point where every app wants to have access to the information you have on your page and wants permission to post as you. Excuse me, I don’t even give out a power of attorney when I leave the country without eighteen separate restrictions on it and you want unfettered access to my account, American Idol Tester/Quiz/News/Showdown? Hmmm, let’s think about this, um no. It has even gotten so bad that in order to read some news I have to allow the app into my account. Jeez, I’ve had saran wrap that wasn’t as clingy as the advertisers and app designers on facebook.
It’s not that I mind facebook using my profile for their data mining operation, oh wait I kind of do mind. I only know they do this because the advertisements they stick on that annoying sidebar just happen to coincide with all my hobbies, likes, favorite authors, etc, etc, etc. You name it on my page or profile and I’ve seen an advertisement for it. It can even data mine to find people I might know, and actually do, without me having to take the legwork to locate them and befriend them. I mean really, do you need all that data. Who are you selling it to, Russia, the Chinese, Google, Bill Gates. Whoever they sell it too had got to either love lots of crap, or have the time to sift through lots of crap. Because most of what we post on facebook poo anyway. What does a video game company care that we took the dog to the vet, or how does it affect a car manufacturer when we find out the blender we wanted just went on sale, and here is a photo of it.
But learning that advertisers might be getting fed up with facebook makes me happier than ever. Maybe just maybe I can get on check my status, click on an app, play a negatively reinforcing time-waster game, and blather about my day-to-day life without being told I am not spending enough money on ice cream. Maybe, but I doubt it.