Facebook: Fail times 1 million

Seeing that I am about one of about 10 people in the world left without a Facebook account, I’ve done a bit of investigation into the site and found out that there are some major faults with the site, and they have to do with their "recommendations" on how to keep safe.

If you want to play along, their page on safety is here – http://www.facebook.com/safety/

Anyway, they give you these "important safety tips" when using the site, 4 of them make sense, but the fifth one, in bold, makes absolutely no sense if you think about it:

  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Adjust your privacy settings to match your level of comfort, and review them often
  • Be cautious about posting and sharing personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number
  • Report users and content that violate our Terms of Use
  • Block and report anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications

Yep, I can totally understand not posting your address and telephone number on the public web, but they say to be cautious about posting information that could locate you offline…so, doesn’t that include one thing that would automatically identify you offline: YOUR NAME?!?!?!?!

Seriously, I can’t think of anything that can’t identify you faster offline than your own bloody name. So, wouldn’t the logical step be to sign up using an alias. Yep, that would be a smart move, but they’ve also put a major FAIL sign on that:

Remember that…using fake names is a violation of the Facebook Terms of Use

So, you can’t use an alias then, can you? However, I guess it keeps someone busy, having to report all of those fake names out there, and deleting their accounts.

Maybe I should stick to just watching random videos of soccer fans singing:

4 thoughts on “Facebook: Fail times 1 million

  1. I am one of the other 10 people in the world who doesn’t have a facebook page. As a matter of fact, I so hate facebook that I blogged about it the other day — title: Facebook Sucks. I don’t have it, true, but my teenager does, and is addicted, forsaking all face-to-face contact for the opportunity to exchange smartarse comments on walls with her “friends.”

    It’s such a racket… kind of like how I am feeling about iTunes these days as I try to access my itunes songs, some of which were bought in the UK for 99p (so roughly TWICE AS MUCH as the people in Canada pay for their itunes songs).

    Facebook & iTunes I curse you!

  2. For the longest time I avoided Facebook, for all the reasons you mentioned. Also, I figured why do I need to keep in touch with people from years ago who clearly had no interest in keeping in contact with me? Do I really need to read what they are eating for dinner that particular night by status updates? Ultimately though I sacrified my anonymity simply to keep tabs on my family, particularly younger ones. They so willingly give away their privacy, so I’ll be big brother in both senses and keep an eye on them. I lose some of my privacy, but the price I will pay to make sure they don’t put anything too sensitive on the web.

  3. Your name wont really locate you to much, if you dont give out your address and stuff, they could be say like 100’s of people with your name.

  4. Hah! That’s what you get for trying to logical. “Facebook Safety” isn’t as oxymoronic as “MySpace Safety”, but it’s in that direction.

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