Archive for October, 2010

Time to Die, Facebook.

Facebook has recently changed it’s group settings, revamping it and “improving” certain aspects of it. They also seem to have sneaked in something quite dubious right under our noses.

Now, anyone who is your friend (or depending on your privacy settings) or a friend of a friend, can add you to a group they created without your approval or consent.

Aside from the fact that anyone who does this to you isn’t really your friend anyway and should be deleted, this does beg the issue of third parties adding you to their groups. Political parties adding you when you don’t support them, Real Estate Agencies spamming you with offers, or worse, opinionated groups adding you to their cause when you don’t take their stance.

This is just inching me closer to the decision to completely delete my account. One more invasion of my privacy and security settings like this is all I need to forgo Facebook altogether (and yes I am inherent of the hypocrisy of this being posted on my Facebook wall). The worst part of all of this is there is absolutely no way to stop people from adding you to a group without your consent. You can control it by making it so only your friends are allowed to view your facebook content, but this isn’t a setting that is specifically related to this groups plugin. I highly recommend everyone changes their security settings to maximum regardless however. As of right now though, even with those settings maxed out, anyone you have added as a friend (and let’s face it, most of us have “friends” we haven’t talked to once since adding), can put you in a group without you knowing.

Facebook is a company that got too big too fast and is constantly struggling to keep up with the ever changing ebb and flow that is the internet. It is no easy task, and few companies, or quite arguably none, do it well. Over the years we’ve seen ICQ get replaced by MSN, Yahoo by Google, Myspace by Facebook…Eventually, something will come along that does what Facebook does, only better, replacing it. This is the way of the internets.
Then again, as my sister said last night:
“If it wasn’t for Farmville, I wouldn’t even have a Facebook account”.

I’ll stick to my Starcraft 2 though.

A caution.

Internalize it.
Be both the quicksand
and yes, also the geyser.
But more importantly:
the quicksand.
Lest that sinking feeling
sets itself,
Trapping you beneath.

Propensity

When times are tough
Or actually, even when they’re easy
I play music
When waterfalls sing and demand the same
I play music
I realize that every love
Has the perfect song
But when I forget this
I play music
I forget a lot of things sometimes, but
I play music
To reaffirm my wavering ways
I play music
To daydream of you and better days
I play music
Raccoons cross the road
In the dead of night
Maybe they’ve heard:
I play music
When my heart is broken
And will never be the same
When I swell with sorrow
When I’m lost in pain
I play music
When I can no longer play
I play music

I once was told I was not meant for music.
I once was told music was not meant for me.
When decrees like this eat me
From marrow to bone to muscle to skin
When they make me fear that I’m not to have love
For that which I live
When all this is said to me, flatly and plain

I play music.



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