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A Social Network acting like Nazis and the KGB.

We go online and find the world at our fingertips. Friends we haven’t seen in years we’re suddenly chatting with as if we had never parted, new friends we’ve not met in person at all that we suddenly have deep feelings for emerge from the ether of the massive Internet. Social Networks help in this, yet with the various Networks, they also hinder as well.

For the first few years I knew about MySpace all I ever heard about it was how these kids were going on there and how predators looking for kids would take advantage of this so I figured if it was something geared for kids I didn’t want to be there needing a more mature site to find peers. But then I found out all these businesses are doing it and when I was trying to find a way to generate a buzz about what I was working on with Beyond the Charts I was told by a friend I should set up a MySpace account. So I did. And I got sent Friend requests, was suggested Friends and eventually I started making Friend requests myself. It took a little getting used to, but I discovered I liked MySpace and what I could do with it.

Then a person who I met on MySpace and who mentored me for a few months to help me launch the Beyond the Charts website told me I needed to get on other Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter. Because of my time on MySpace I had heard about these, but with Twitter I thought it was something to do with the phone. I found out they had a website to access. So I joined Twitter. After doing that for a while, I joined Facebook. All I wanted to do was set up a page for my Beyond the Charts business. I got the Fan page set up, but whenever I logged in again, I found out that Facebook was FORCING me to create a personal account. So I wound up using my personal account more than my Fan page because more people were responding to that. At first when I got on, Facebook was so different than MySpace and Twitter, it really took some getting used to, but around December of last year I really started getting into it and finding my way around and eventually my log ons to MySpace grew more and more infrequent.

In time, I discovered that Facebook actually has a limit on the amount of Friends you can have. Can you believe it? You can only have 5,000 friends on there. MySpace doesn’t limit you. Indeed, on MySpace I’ve seen some celebrities with over a million Friends. Obviously they can’t be all real “Friends” as I doubt the celebrity really cares about anything but the numbers and a select few strangers that may grab their attention, yet the limit for Facebook isn’t found at MySpace. I suppose Facebook figures you can only be Friends with so many people. Yet on the Fan pages, you can have as many “Fans” as you can get. I like the Fan page concept for businesses and celebrities, but why force people to create a Fan page for themselves just because they are getting too many Friends than the people at Facebook think you should have? Nevertheless, Facebook suggests Friends to you all the time that you have never met and don’t particularly care for. I suppose they want you to fill up that quota mighty fast, eh?

So then one day not too long ago I was chatting with someone, and I had a few chat sessions going, and all of a sudden I was blocked from chat with a warning I didn’t think to copy and paste at the time. It told me that basically I was engaging in behavior that some might consider abusive or annoying. Can you believe that? I’m chatting with a few friends and someone’s going to find that “annoying”? I mean, like who the hell is going to know about it? And if they find it annoying, then who cares? I won’t chat with them then. Total lunacy. After a couple of days I decided to try chatting again (I had been told this block could last for a few minutes up to a few days), and I was able to chat again when I tried. Okay, fine. I’ll watch how many chat sessions I have going on at the same time from now on. Stupid Facebook.

And of course, it doesn’t help that they keep changing things on there all the time forcing you to get used to some new tweak they want to add that causes confusion.

Now, yesterday, I was on Facebook and I discovered a person’s page because a Friend had commented on it. I saw the last name and the location and wondered if they were related to someone I knew. Turns out it was the son of that person I knew. So I sent a Friend request to both. From the dad I found a few more people I knew and sent requests to them as well. Then a couple of them had a plethora of people I knew (as one was the pastor to a church I attended for a couple of years), and so I just took the time to see about adding the people I knew that they knew too. Then all of a sudden, I get this message:

(- I took the time to copy and paste this time! 😉 -)

Block! You are engaging in behavior that may be considered annoying or abusive by other users.

You have been blocked from adding friends because you repeatedly misused this feature. This block will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. When you are allowed to reuse this feature, please proceed with caution. Further misuse may result in your account being permanently disabled. For further information, please visit our FAQ page.

Okay, so like the whole main point of these social networks is so you can stay connected and get reconnected with Friends and Family, right? I know they’ve turned into something else through the use of them, but that’s the point, right? So why is it that one of the most popular ones out there is so brain dead in the corporate department that they first have to limit the number of people you can be connected to, and then on top of that decide that if you come upon some people that just happen to know a lot of people you know that when you start adding Friends, something must be wrong?

Total lunacy! This is first a company started in the United States of America where we are supposed to have Freedom to begin with, and second it’s the Internet where pretty much anything can happen (whether you like it or not), and this company Facebook wants to try to control its users like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union’s KGB?

Here I am just coming out of my shell over the last year in regards to Social Networking online, and this company is more for regress and keeping folks from moving forward than it is for progress and helping people connect with others?

I’m going to see just how long this Block lasts and I’m going to keep trying to get in touch with someone at Facebook, meantime, my use of Facebook is about to go down considerably I think. I may just have to go back to MySpace more often where there are no limits on the amount of Friends you can have and where one night when I discovered a Friend that knew some Friends who knew some Friends, I wasn’t limited on adding them there or told I was “blocked” for some sort of suspicious abuse.

Facebook has shown its Face all right. Totalitarianism.

I’ll have to see how long I remain on Facebook at this point.

Whew!

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts
Independent Marketer – The Trump Network
Member – The New Authors Fellowship

About David James

David James is a man of many attributes: He's a believer in Jesus as the Christ. He's a family man with a wife and two children. He's an entrepreneur with a fledgling business called Beyond the Charts, an Independent Marketer with Manna From Heaven, a writer of both speculative fiction and some spiritual matters. He's a listener of heavy metal with techno, goth, and industrial sounds preferred. He doesn't listen to "Christian radio" and can't stand most "Praise and Worship" music because it comes across so staged and more for entertainment than worship, but he loves the worship coming out of MorningStar Ministries because of the raw intensity of it. He loves scary movies whether it's a creepy ghost story or an intense slasher film, as well as strange humor films, and just loves the spoof films that have come out over the past decade. He thinks Kevin Smith films are very funny, but doesn't care for it when they speak bad of Jesus. His favorite novelist of all time is Stephen King. His favorite sci-fi novelist is Kevin J. Anderson. Other novelists he enjoys are too numerous to mention here. For Spiritual reading he turns to Billy Graham, Mike Murdock, Rick Joyner, John Bunyan, Ellen White, Herbert Armstrong, Martin Zender, and R.A. Torrey. He enjoys financial and self-help books ranging from Dale Carnegie to Zig Ziglar to Donald Trump to Robert Kiyosaki. The one thing that irritates him is when people don't show respect, yet want respect from those they don't show it to.

4 comments on “A Social Network acting like Nazis and the KGB.

  1. I also have found Facebook to be highly confusing and irritating in the abrupt, no-alternative way the ownership introduces and enforces their own program–

    But I feel compelled to add: not everything rules-based is totalitarianism. A lot of adult life requires playing by rules, often arbitrary, created by nameless someones who’ve encountered situations not normally dealt with by the average Joe. The more of these situations, the tighter their rules get. Even without the battle-cry of “Must Fix! NOW” egging them on, creating new rules is the pride and joy of bureaucratic personalities everywhere…and a headache for everyone else. You’ll survive much longer with your sanity intact if you take a deep breath and exercise good humor when you encounter these creative artifacts…and you may even help to save someone else’s sanity too.

    Not that you really wanted to hear that– 😉

    I suggest you take it out on your hero by writing a few really obnoxious arbitrary rule makers into your book/s.

    Just for the record,
    a) did you visit the FAQ page?
    b) how many friend requests at once are considered too many on Facebook?
    c) If they didn’t give a specific number, what do they say about how they expect you to know when you’re approaching the threshold of friending “abuse?”

    • Thanks for your comment Krysti.

      To answer your questions –

      a) No, I don’t think I have. The link for it was only good for that pop up message and I’ve even done a search in the search bar for a FAQ page and got one that someone did as a Fan Page that really didn’t tell me anything either. I found a “Help” page with links to click on that takes me to some questions and answers. If that’s what the link for FAQ they had given me would have taken me, then I have been there. But I don’t really think that was the FAQ page.

      b) I haven’t found this out. They don’t really tell you. Stupid Facebook. 😉

      c) They don’t say that either anywhere that I’ve seen.

      Your paragraph on things that are rules based is a nice one, and that’s all well and good when the rules are laid out for you, or are easy to find when you realize you’ve broken one. In this case, I feel I’m playing poker with the dealer and he keeps changing which deck we draw from and occasionally taking my cards from me and dealing out new ones only to take those back too. And the decks aren’t all from the usual Ace to King/hearts-clubs-spades-diamonds kind of decks. And Royal Flushes are the least likely to win a hand. 😉

      I’m not against rules, as we all need them to have a civilization, but please, oh please, tell me what they are or make them readily available for me to look at when I need to so that I know what I need to watch out for. Don’t pull a Hitchhiker of the Galaxy on me and tell me my building is coming down just because I didn’t attend some meeting where I could have objected about it.

  2. You definitely have a point there. Facebook does appear to be acting somewhat like the many-headed Hydra or like one of Crim Cropper’s many-headed creatures from Donita K. Paul’s books–maybe it’s ruled by a committee?

    I’ve also read online about the practical jokes, etc. that the company that provides Facebook with webservice pulls on them from time to time. This may be THEIR gig more than Facebooks, but then again, who’s to say?

    • Don’t know anything about the practical jokes being played on Facebook by the company providing them service, but if that’s true then it’s still Facebook’s fault for not either dropping them outright, or if they can’t do that for legal reasons, then pursuing whatever legal actions they need to take on it. Standing by while their own site gets raped by this company is just as good as doing it themselves.

      The head of Facebook should take a lesson from Donald Trump and get on TV and be vocal about this. I suppose we shall see what happens. If it keeps up with me, I’m just going to have to not use Facebook as much as I usually do even though I like it for the most part.

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