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Facebook Foolishness is Real

I wrote a while back about my Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook, and everything I said there still stands. This is just a continuation.

*Newsfeed Comments – Now that Facebook allows you to comment on any and everything, people really don’t know how to act. Etiquette don went out the window, like Lil Kim’s draws would (if she wore some. But alas…). There have been many times I see someone change their relationship status from “In a relationship” to “Single” and some fool comes on the status to say “WHHHAAATTT??? That fool aint sh*t! What he do?? Call me gurl” or the “AAAWWWW boo you aight? You want me to come over while you cry all night in your muu-muu??” The opposite is someone who gets in a relationship and they get like 10 comments saying “Finally!!!” or “Damn, she got you, huh”. Everytime I see this, my eye twitches. No…just NO!

Then again, I place some blame on the people who make sure to keep the entire Facebook abreast of any fights them and their boo have, or their lack of a boo.

*Conceited and reasonless people – I plagiarize myself in an old blog post where I said: “So Facebook is FULL of people kissing their own asses, and its getting ridiculous. COUNTLESS people got the “I’m conceited and I got a reason album”. Some call it the “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me” or any variation of the two. Honestly, NO. You may be conceited, but I don’t see too many reasons why. And no, you dont “know that I C it.”

CLEARLY, sales of chapstick have gone up since people KEEP their lips on their own asses. It’s cool to have an album dedicated to yourself, but to put a description about how hot you are under EVERY picture is a bit much. If you gotta TELL us you’re hot before we realize it then maybe, you’re actually quite tepid. People, we must get over ourselves, like YESTERDAY!!

Confidence is great, but there is a thin line between that and full on self-ass-licking. I know I’m an admitted picture slut, but I SERIOUSLY don’t see a reason why I should put under all of my pictures “I’m SOOOO GREAT and HOT and ARROGANT”. I keep such thoughts to myself, lol 😉 WORD.

Adorable but sneaky. I’m watching you, Mark

*Facebook is Orwelian – I won’t go into crazy details but as you well know, Facebook has changed their Terms of Service to say that they can use your content as they wish even after you leave the service. Markie Mark Zuckerberg is tweaking on this one, and I stood by that blue-eyed cherub looking fella for a lot of changes he made on Facebook, but this one? iCant. The ‘Book needs to change that quick, fast and in a hurry because now how am I supposed to live down the times I had the dooky braids and the centipede eyebrows from 6th grade if a copy of it will be infinitely floating in some remote server somewhere? I built my fabulous fashionista rep all these years and they tryna bring me down! Oh the horror!! *wilhelm scream* Ye ain’t gon get me, Facebook!!!

AND, if they own the content on there, I may stop having my blog posts automatically fed into Facebook. The only people that own my IG is myself and God himself!

God: “umm… that IG is ALL urs. I tried to give you sense but you declined.” Me: “Shoot! You know I got itis after having a big bowl of rice and I had missed the Sense Queue by the time I woke up! *sigh*”

But really though, this is just another thing to further remind people that no matter how tight your privacy settings are on Facebook, the entire web is a public domain. The fools who are beer bonging in their dorm room (while underage to boot), or smoking on hay in the middle of the barn need NOT upload those pictures or write a note detailing how awesome it was. Let your memories speak for you.

Everything we do now has implications on our future because we are leaving a trail of ourselves, and if your 2-dimensional representation is murky, well folks can find out mad easy. The future Prez of the United States cannot have 14 albums called “Bar Crawls and Smokes” because they will be found.

facebook-cartoon

P.S. Interestingly enough, Facebook’s deactivation page now says: “Are you deactivating because you are concerned about Facebook’s Terms of Service? This was a mistake that we have now corrected. You own the information you put on Facebook and you control what happens to it. We are sorry for the confusion. – The Facebook Team”

*SIDE-EYE to Facebook* You ain’t gotta lie to kick it! Y’all ain’t changed jack.

So… couple of questions, oh awesome reader(s) of mine.

1. What irks your nerves about people on Facebook?
2. How will Facebook’s Big Brother-ness affect how you use the site?

Edit: This morning, Facebook’s homepage (after you log in) now says “Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”

Dopeness. The people spoke, and they had to listen.

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16 Comments

  1. CapriceClassic
    February 18, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Ah Facebook – how addicted I am to it’ debauchery. The one thing that bothers me most are the friends that feel the need to change their status message every hour or so with random nonsense that no on really cares about. Like “Kelly is changing diapers” or “Fariba is tired”. Booooooo! If you have nothing interesting to say, then just say nothing.

  2. eysqueen
    February 18, 2009 at 7:08 am

    wel i’m fresh and new on the facebook scene, and i already hate social networking sites, so i’m super skittish about this. and you now making me feel at ease 😉 with this said, a sista need help in keeping the shit i do (i.e. changing my relationship status many times because i keep clicking on wrong buttons and cant figure stuff out) away from prying eyes until i get up to facebook techy speed.

  3. The Incomparable Bozack Jenkins™
    February 18, 2009 at 7:40 am

    People keep beggin’ me to join Facebook.. my decision’s still pending..

  4. Naturally Sarcastic
    February 18, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I absolutely hate when people request your friendship and you either decline or put them on a limited profile and they get mad and message you like “so what, we can’t be friends? Why can’t I see your pictures or get on your wall?”

    Well…if you made it to the limited profile, be glad you made it that far..if not… choke on a photo tag and die already! I’m NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!!

  5. ChiChi10
    February 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I still don’t get the hype around Facebook. It’s aiight…I guess. I rarely login over there.

  6. Blackberry Molasses/The Rebel Intellectual
    February 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I got down with FB only a couple of months ago and that was due to 1) Overwhelming peer pressure from my homies and
    2) Realizing MySpace is GhettoSpace.

    While I love keeping in touch with and finding friends I haven’t been able to on “the Space” me and FB already got beef.

    I especially have a problem with people who think just because we went to school together and saw each other around need they need to be my friend on FB…. um, if we weren’t friends in real life then WHY should we be friends now? You had 4 years to make nice with me. FB isn’t going to make me be nice to you. Sorry.

  7. The Pretty Brown Girl
    February 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I originally joined FB to keep an eye on Tee’s online shenanigans. Now I socialize, network and the like there nearly everday, since I quit MySpace.

    My father said years ago: “Everybody isn’t intelligent enough to watch TV” and I’d dare say the same about listening to music AND internet usage. Don’t be FOOLISH and you can take part in anything this technology we have nowadays has to offer.

    Oh, when people act stupid w/me on FB, I just block them. Simple.

    Eysqueen, I need you to find me and add me!

  8. sabrina
    February 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I like FB, but there are annoying things on there. All those DAMN aps! N I don’t want to join a mob, plant a tree, or be in your superlative list! Boy, stop….

  9. ladebelle
    February 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    yeah… i’m concerned about FB owning my ish…

    i’m surely about to go un-tag and take down my albums…

  10. Robin Monique
    February 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m not particularly pleased about FB owning my ish. Not at all.

    What IRKS ME SO about FB is how people use it to “re-brand” themselves. People create the image they want to project via FB and half the time, it does not AT ALL match up to who they are in real life.

    I also hate that couples use FB to mark their territory. The only thing you accomplish by putting your relationship timeline on FB is creating DRAMA!! Please take a cue from Bey-Z. SOME THINGS REALLY ARE SACRED. The best way to make your ish last is to KEEP EVERYBODY OUT OF YOUR BUSINESS.

    SMH at all forms of FB abuse. It must stop now.

  11. Chuck St*r
    February 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    You took the words right out of my mouth!!!

  12. NaturallyAlise
    February 19, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I just hate when people tag me in bad pictures or in pictures I aint really in… i’ll tag myself if i like it, ugh

  13. niaNaturally
    February 20, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I agree with CapriceClassic…. I hate when people update their status every 20 minutes to let us know everything that’s going on their lives at that very monent. “Tina is going to the gym.” 20 minutes later…”Tina is so mad she won’t be able to make it to the gym.” 20 minutes later…”Tina will be able to make it to the gym afterall. yay.”

  14. Sister Mary Martha
    February 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I have enjoyed reading your commentary.

  15. Ashley
    May 22, 2009 at 12:36 am

    O how im addicted to facebook as well…
    #1 I HATE when ppl DO NOT PROOFREAD their status update… the phrase goes: I’m at a LOSS for words not LOST!! sheesh!! use the CORRECT there/their/they’re… they homophones ppl (i.e. they sound the same but are DIFFERENT words with DIFFERENT meanings!!)
    all tht type of foolishness… but i digress

    also

    i agree with you about the “these haters blah blah blah…” status updates
    plus
    all that other that you said…PROPS

  16. YoDeVa
    March 23, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I think my biggest pet peeve about FB is the utter disrespect/disregard for proper grammar & spelling???? I need people to know the difference between to and too. AND I REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO STOP TYPING THEIR STATUSES IN ALL CAPS.. oR TYp!n9 tH3m lIK3 THi$. Grow up, please! My right eye starts to twitch and I feel a full-fledged episode of Tourrete's come on every time I am subjected to this foolishness.

    Aaaaand, why does the same person send you a friend request a bagillion times?? I have just gotten real gangsta w/ it (after receiving the same friend request 5 times from this man I do NOT know from Adam) and sent him a message along w/ his declined friend request that stated, "I don't know you, therefore you are not my friend. Please stop sending these friend requests to me. Kthanks.."

    I have been tempted to remove family members from my friend's list based off of their status updates.. iCan't.

    Finally, the people who have to make an announcement to their "haters" on every other status update really grind my gears. #1.. why do you have "haters" on your friends list?? If these people are "hating" on you so bad, delete and/or block them from your page. Problem solved. #2.. if you have to tell us every other hour that you have "haters", you probably don't. Your own perception of your importance obviously does not mirror anyone else's. So go saddown and get over yourself, please and thank you.