Facebook is robbing you (really)
Think about it: FACEBOOK IS ROBBING YOU
Did you know that Facebook has essentially “employed” you as a FREE blogger?
By creating this so-called “social network,” branded in such a way as to allow you to “reconnect” with long-lost friends, co-workers, lovers, or whatever garbage that was left behind (for a reason), you have now been unknowingly coerced into “feeding” your timeline (i.e., blog posts) 100% for free.
You know who gains, profits, benefits, “wins?” FACEBOOK, their principles, shareholders, employees, etc.
I’ll ask you to think about this once more.
What “Facebook” has accomplished (incredibly), by creating an “easy to use interface” and “immediate” and “constant” distractions, updates, changes, “news,” or whatever else you want to call that “stream” of information, is a multi-billion person force of FREE workers.
Those FREE workers (you and everyone else) have been creating an invaluable “data stream” of information. Trends. Likes. Dislikes. Opinions. Datasets. Marketable information. For FREE. For YEARS.
But what has FACEBOOK become other than a “blog network?”
Think about this. Here is Hoboken411. It has been a blog online for about 8 ½ years. Before “Facebook” blew up. And we’re still here. We make a living off this website. We support local businesses with whatever revenue comes in. We’re part of the community.
All of you can also abandon Facebook and start your own personal websites OUTSIDE of the Facebook “walled garden.”
Why don’t you do that? Is it “too technical?” Does it require actual learning, research, practice? Yeah, so?
Did you know that even if you just had a teeny website that was visited each month by your “small circle” of friends – that you could easily earn 100’s of extra dollars per month? Do you get that from Facebook? No. Would you be OK with that extra money? YES.
They rely on you – your complacency, laziness, lack of drive
See – by creating this “dumbed down” version of “information exchange,” they’ve essentially taken the DRIVE out of you. It is SO EASY to create a Facebook page, thread, timeline, whatever the hell you want to call that distraction – that you have ZERO desire to even TRY to disengage from it.
You are making a select few ultra-rich
I’ll ask you once again… Do you see the big picture? Facebook has essentially killed most independent sources of opinion, news, and events. They’ve created a “walled garden” where all useful idiots find it easy to co-mingle. I apologize for the phrase “useful idiots,” but I mean it. They’re useful to FACEBOOK, and idiots for not going against the grain in their own lives.
Not everyone… sorry… not everyone
My apologies for trying to lump everyone into the same bucket. There are people who only sporadically use this so-called “social network” for minor tasks or what-have-you. And that’s fine… better off that you didn’t… And then there are those (millions) who don’t even have an account. God Bless You!
FOMO – Fear of missing out
This has become a “buzz-cronym” as of late. “FOMO.” Fear of missing out. Which has been said is the main reason why people are “heads down” and cannot “look away” from their cell phones anymore. For the FEAR OF MISSING OUT. On whatever that may be. Status updates. Ex-boyfriends. Envious photos. Latest “funny video” from some semi-acquaintance on your timeline. It’s become this addictive “fix” that you NEED. But do you really WANT any of that? Do you ever realize how much time you spent accomplishing nothing?
Don’t you want more control of your information?
I was thinking about something similar the other day. RSS feeds. I love RSS feeds. (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication – and is a way to read “headlines” from other sites, blogs in one place).
RSS feeds are the “enemy” of giant conglomerates like Google and Facebook. Which is why Google inexplicably discontinued the support of their wildly popular Google Reader application.
Millions of propeller-heads were angered to no-end because of that asshole move by Google. They did it purely for greedy reasons. Thankfully there are places like inoreader.com that are providing that service.
What having an RSS aggregator is like – is essentially the SAME as having a Facebook feed, timeline, etc. Except it’s via websites, and not “individuals,” (unless they have websites or blogs like we do.) Additionally, you control what you see. Not Facebook deciding what mood they want to put you in today.
Why Google discontinued it was obvious. They wanted to move towards their “Google Plus,” as well as other reasons.
Information, connecting, control
OK – I’ll wrap this “rant” up shortly. We all crave information to some degree. The technological revolution has enabled this since the inception of the printing press. But exchanging information (even for an individual profit), has essentially been “stolen” by a select few “big boys” in the internet (and news) world.
Armed with useful information – wouldn’t you say “what a fucking minute! You mean I can BLOG and MONETIZE my own site and at least earn SOME money for the effort I put into “sharing” stuff with other people (most of whom I don’t make eye contact with on a monthly basis?)”
In the end – who is most important in your life?
See – this post has a little bit of a “twist.” In the end, I’d say 95% of you could never maintain a daily or weekly “blog” in order to earn a few bucks. It does require some technical skill and patience. So it is much easier to “slip over to the dark side (Facebook).” And for those of you that DO choose to TRY and monetize your much sought-after opinions? You’ll probably lose patience and determine that the headaches labor aren’t worth the pittance you receive in return.
So where does that leave you?
Back on Facebook making other faceless suit-wearing oligarchs richer and richer?
Or do you delete Facebook completely, and re-discover the JOY in things like:
- Face-to-face communication (translation: speaking, chatting, talking… look it up if you need to)
- Writing a letter – in ink to a person you haven’t seen or talked to in a long time
- Calling someone – catching up
- Meeting for a drink or a stroll in the park (while your phone is at home or shut off?)
- “Wow – I have all this extra FREE TIME!”
- Attempting to live life away from CONSTANT CONTACT (camping, meditating, observing, writing, reading, dreaming?)
- Finding manual, non-computer-oriented skills and hobbies? (like painting, cooking, pottery, gardening, home repairs?)
This whole “rant” wasn’t crafted to try and change anyone. Do what you want.
All I’d LOVE people to do is: THINK about what has happened, where it is going, who benefits (CUI BONO?) and how YOU fit into this entire picture. The more you think about it – the more you realize that YOU are nothing but a unit of MONETARY MEASURE for some other company.
Free yourself today!
Note: Here’s a somewhat interesting “infographic / video” a marketing company did about social networking. What I found most notable is how they portrayed “Millennials.” Seems like all this new technology has created an entire generation of new problems.