For the last few months/years in both online and offline tech circles all I seem to hear a hate for service like facebook and how they are always stealing your data, not looking after your data or god forbid trying to make any sort of money at all. But the main criticism is the fact they use your data for something and someone doesn’t like it but still continues to use the service.
Facebook does these things to get this magic stuff called money, this stuff doesn’t grow on trees, can’t be printed and must be earned. First off, Mark Zuckerberg probably worked more than what some people work to count as ‘employment,’ to help create his baby. And
once Facebook was established he would of needed an army of staff to keep the site running. Mark and his staff
needs to eat, needs to pay for
their bills. How do you suggest they do this?
The first point is regardless of the fact that these services require vast amounts of machinery to let you share pictures of your drunken night out, like your crushes photos, sending out your cries for attention, etc. And I suppose they are pretty expensive to buy, yet alone to run 24/7 letting you access this stuff.
I hopefully established the point that facebook (and nearly every other website) needs money to be able to exist. Using a stroke of genius that has basically made the internet the free and open place it is today by using advertising. I don’t need to explain what advertising is, it keeps nearly every single free source of entertainment going. It is also no secret that facebook uses your data (which you freely give away to your network of well over 1k ‘friends’) to send you adverts that you are more likely to click on, the bastards.
I’m not saying that there isn’t an expectation of privacy on these service, but you are in control of that with the nifty feature facebook has spent a lot of time using, these features are pretty self explanatory.
Another complaint is that the people/content on facebook are so dumb/religious/whatever and this isn’t Facebook’s faults, its just your misfortune to live among/associate with retards and zealots. If you hate facebook so much, instead of vocalising that on facebook, delete your account, somehow, I don’t care, I like facebook.
I will admit that I am going along a similar path, I have a google ad to the right (if your not one of those bastards with an adblocker, I’ll admit I am) and a few Amazon associates links dotted around to earn a little bit of money because frankly, I have been destitute in freezing fucking scotland for the last few months. I haven’t been lambasted for the ads yet but I feel like that’s due to the fact no one goes here.
rant over, not like anybody is going to see it anyway