Comments on: Facebook’s billion: Are you being served? Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: my1login Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:01:40 +0000 Only the marketers and the fb are the only people getting served . They steal all the profile info, usage information and preferences and use it for their benefit. You don’t need fb to be in touch with your friends and family. And fb distracts people from concentrating on works. Many valuable work hours are wasted on fb.

By: paintcan Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:47:40 +0000 Does the Facebook user really have to be served? My brief use of Facebook suggested it was something like an online “social” where the contacts one makes are random and hit or miss, and I didn’t even see any advertising. I never completed the user profile because I wasn’t comfortable putting too much information online and only posted a few pictures of a project I was working one. I live in a rural area, was/am self-employed and don’t have a lot of social contacts. The few friends I saw that were recommended – how was that decided? – didn’t pan out as much of anything so I gave up after a month or two. It was like having a conversation down a very long tunnel that takes days or weeks to get a reply. By the time I got an answer, I forgot what I said.

The user designs their environment to their satisfaction or not and marketers watch everything they do. That’s who gets served. Marketers have almost no influence on me and I don’t want to be pestered by them either.

If you are a person with a lot of real friends, relatives and coworkers, you will probably get more out of the platform than if, like me, you don’t or the people you know don’t use Facebook. I haven’t tried to get back on because I get enough spam I don’t read as it is.

But the very limited public offering was highly cynical of the owners. It is a very manipulated stock and is designed to reap the founders a windfall even if it means fleecing gullible public investors. They figured out a way to make fortunes on little more than hype.

The stock market is already almost “virtual” and trillions can vanish in an instant. Facebook has created an “industry” that is very nearly as diaphanous.

I actually got used to using emails (I’m over 60 and had no prior computer training) and forwarding things and now no one I know who used to use it wants to anymore. If they don’t answer emails, I’m sure they won’t answer letters.