Facebook discrimination. It’s stupid, plain and simple.
It’s like looking down on someone because they don’t have a smart phone or cable tv (I have neither, by the way). Or not hiring someone because they don’t like your favorite sports team.
I would be MORE likely to hire someone who understands the potential dangers of putting personal information on a website that shares it with the world, and who therefore shuns social media or at least uses it responsibly (is there such a thing?)
FB, in my own opinion, is probably the worst offender in the history of the Internet when it comes to privacy violations (if you don’t believe me, spend some time with a search engine and look at the dozens of lawsuits and millions of dollars in settlements that FB has paid out).
And Google, by the way, is headed in the same direction, though I still use their search engine occasionally. Their old slogan of “We’re not evil” may or may not still apply.
If you DO have a FaceBOO account, it behooves you to place little or no personal information on it, due to the fact that it is searched thousands of times a day by would-be identify thieves, scammers, and even the CIA and the FBI. No, I’m not paranoid. I’m just reminding you that FB is basically a freakin’ huge billboard about as big as the sky, for all to see. And it can be used against you by predators, identity thieves, employers, insurance companies, etc.
(I used to have a Facebook account, which I used mostly to help keep in touch with soldier friends overseas. It is now deactivated, and shall remain that way. I’d “close” it, but we all know FB keeps the data forever, so what’s the point?).
I think FB has its place, for SOME people in SOME circumstances. For me, the risks (and wasted time online) far outweigh any supposed benefits. I refuse to be a participant, for the above reasons, and because they want me to post personal information, which they often sell to 3rd parties, while paying me exactly zero dollars.
I also don’t get the insane-ness (is that a word?) of giving OTHER websites your FB login and password so you can “LOGIN HERE WITH YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT!!!!” Yeah, like I trust them any more than I do Zuckenboy.
Did you see a while back that France has banned the mention of Facebook on all news stories (unless the story is about FB itself)? They said (and I paraphrase here)
they refuse to give free publicity to a billionaire corporation that gives them nothing in return,
and that spouting FB-this and FB-that is NOT to be used in the place of real, actual reporting. And, after all, is saying “go the their Facebook page at….” at the end of every news story a good thing? NO.
Go, Team France!
Ever notice that when someone is arrested, found murdered, etc., it’s usually their FB photo which immediately gets plastered all over the media? (Better make sure you have your best photos on there, I guess!) What happens when someone dies? Does their FB page remain up forever, a kind of surreal reminder of them (the answer to that question is complicated, but FB has this form: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=305593649477238 )
I think it sucks that FB discriminated against Ener and other “avatars.” I thought the Internet was the last bastion of (responsible) freedom of speech? And how can you have that without some degree of anonymity? FB and social sites know all about YOU, but what do you know about their employees who have access to your data, on multiple redundant servers? Having said that, a company has the right to exclude anyone they want (“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”), just as you can opt not to hire someone or not hang out with them. But FB’s explanation of avatar-discrimination is a bit nebulous and self-serving, says I.
As Ener and others have already said, who cares what your “real” name or address or age or eye color is? That information belongs in Real Life, F2F (Face To Face), meat-space, or whatever you call it… not on the Internet, where it can be potentially abused by Very Bad People.
But, not to worry. Remember when personal home pages were all the rage? Or an AOL account? Or Yahoo chat? When was the last time you visited MySpace? FB one day will fall into relative obscurity. Unfortunately it will probably be around longer than its fallen predecessors, so be careful out there. And do be careful of The Next Big Thing That Swallows The Internet and Your Free Time, lol.
I’ve already blabbed too long, and I apologize. We already have perfectly good “identities,” based on our Avatar names, looks, and speech. What more do you really need?
Oh, by the way, LinkedIn is also a big target for identity thieves, so be careful there, also. When you post your past employers, schools, graduation dates, etc., that is a gold mine for the baddies. *Giggles*
The meek might inherit the earth, but the paranoid will outlive them.