Facebook, What Have You Done To Yourself?

Facebook LogoI have a problem with you, website formerly known as thefacebook.com. When I joined you back in 2003, you were a nobody. I was a dumb college kid running around looking for a way to show off the number of friends I have in a more fashionable way than Friendster. I wanted to know who my friends’ friends were, their favorite quotes, their favorite movies, some of their contact info, and that is it!

Why the hell should I care if my friends SuperPoke me? Why should Facebook tell me to bite my friends in a vampire vs. werewolf adventure. Nor do I want to Grow-a-Gift. In the below screen shot, there are thousands of users that belong to certain applications. Why do they decide to join these applications? SPAM!! Almost every application asks a user to invite all of their friends. What is Facebook turning into? I’ll tell you what… Facebook applications are pretty much emulating Tagged.com, a social network that I consider to be spam.

Tagged is a social network based in San Francisco that automatically by default invites your friends via email to join their social network. To join a majority of Facebook applications, there is a form that by default has your friends check-marked to be invited to use the same applications. There is a way to opt-out of inviting your friends from the application, but many people do not pay attention to that. Tagged penetrates its users contact information from e-mails and insists that these so-called references join Tagged.com as well.
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Some of America’s top bloggers are declaring Facebook bankruptcy, meaning they’re going to de-activate their account. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Facebook’s photo album system, I’d be gone too. Facebook, Zuckerberg, get back to the basics. There is nothing to look forward to for incoming college students, especially since Facebook is open to everyone and to those who are finding ways to gain users a much easier way. Its only a matter of time until an exclusive Facebook alternative is released for people who want to be part of something elite and not have third-parties solicit.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Facebook, What Have You Done To Yourself? Comments

  1. Mo Kakwan says:

    There are notions that Facebook is the new myspace and that Facebook is the new LinkedIn. Facebook obviously is pulling the “new myspace” sort of comments because of their wonky new fangled application system. Then there’s the LinkedIn side which is coming from all the professionals who didn’t get on facebook in college are now joining in with their colleagues.

    I’m using facebook the same way I did back in school where I joke with friends in person and then joke later leaving a comment on their profile. Or ping someone I haven’t talked to in a while. But it’s weird now with all the apps and having “professional” friends on facebook I can’t really have my friends leaving the goofy comments on my page because I have to worry about potential employer images and what not. And having to delete penis pictures from my graffiti wall is an issue I know my friends have. Not only that I’m getting spammed by a gazillion apps a day and it’s making it difficult to add and update friends and what not.

    Will Facebook fail? Pffssh no. But all this confusion in vision leaves the market open for a competitor.

  2. Monica Narula says:

    People often comment on the degradation of our generation. How we have lost values and respect. Normally, I disagree and elaborate on changing times and perspectives; however, recently I find myself at a loss for words. Justifying the culture of our generation is increasingly made impossible with the added “obsessions” of facebook. Naturally, a social internet network, is a token of the 21st century among many other things. Yet, nobody is capable of defending the countless hours “wasted” on facebook. Instead of going for a jog, or reading a book, we all find ourselves “poking” and “high-fiving” our friends. My concern is the overwhelming extent of useless features, and the proportional time that is spent on facebook. My question is why not just meet up with your friends and do something instead of sending cyber hugs?

  3. Roy Rodgers says:


    Interesting post, As far as facebook etc. being a way for a generation to waste time. Before PCs geeks, nerds etc. there was only TV to watch endlessly instead of going out and doing something. I don’t think wasting time doing frivolous things is generational it is more a matter of what technology is available for wasting it. The only reason old people don’t sit around on facebook swapping stories about their ailments, their medications, grandchildren complete with pictures & videos of them is because they are too set in their ways and to some degree physically unable to learn how to do it.

    Happy Trails

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