Facebook Home is about identity

Rian van der Merwe:

Tech journalists can write about privacy and the virtues of quitting Facebook all day long. The rest of the world won’t even hear about it, because they’ll be too busy getting immersed in the lives and identities of the friends they agree with.

He’s right.



  • http://bobmartens.net/ Bob Martens

    That’s the ideal, that’s what Facebook WANTS people to think will happen. What I see around me is much different … people getting sick of Facebook. Crap being posted to Facebook. Facebook has found its way into so many different areas and so much junk gets posted automatically to the site that it is no longer about sharing but about Facebook collecting as much information as possible.

    I was reading some comments online about the idea that Home looks great when a graphic designer can choose which screens to show you. We’ll see how good it looks when real people start using it.

    I’m skeptical.

  • Bob

    Deleted my account about a month ago. Got sick of all the child porn that was getting posted on FB and them doing very little about it. Some one used a nude pic of a 14-15 year old girl on a memorial support site for her (she was harassed and bullied to the point of suicide with the very pictures). It took facebook over 12 hours to remove it even with at least hundreds of people reporting it.

    They make billions, encourage children to use the site and do nothing to keep it remotely safe. People who use their accounts to bully and harass children or post illegal content don’t get their accounts removed but a soft core model I know has had her account deleted twice even though she didn’t post anything beyond bikini pics.

    Facebook will get no business from me.

    • Curmudgeon

      There a re m any reasons to leave Facebook, but strangers misusing seems like a strange one. Who are you friends with if you are seeing child porn on Facebook? As evil as child pornography is, it seems like the only solution to getting them off Facebook is to demand Facebook spy on every single user, on every single photo posted, on every single file shared, on every single link shared. That’s a lot to ask of a service but even if they could pull that off, I think that is a step too far.

      “Nothing to keep it remotely safe”? Really? Extreme hyperbole, but it sounds like you are a bit emotional.

      I’m sympathetic to your anger at Facebook, I just don’t see how to clamp down on those abuses that doesn’t open up a horrible Pandora’s Box.

      • Bob

        It was not about the misuse but at Facebook’s negligence at removing illegal material promptly when it was highly reported. 12 hours is way too long for a company making so much money from their site. Hundreds of people reported it. They don’t need to spy on people, just do their effin jobs.

        This was not posted by anyone I know, it was posted as a profile picture of a falsified memorial site for a dead teen girl who killed herself because of the very pictures this creep was posting. This has happened many times

        Very recently a video of a child being raped was posted by someone and shared by tens of thousands of people and FB was equally tardy in removing it.

        Anger at such disregard for children’s safety is a natural and normal reaction, especially when one considers how much FB is profiting. FB actively seeks users as young as 13 and the horror stories of online abuse are many, some resulting in suicide, and often despite such abuses accounts are not removed.

        Recently a person in my province who used his account to distribute naked pictures of a teen girl was charged and convicted of it but never had his account deleted. They are not doing enough.

  • imthedude

    To each their own. I used to use facebook occasionally but I decided to leave based on their privacy policies, and the fact that 90% of the time it was just wasting time. I don’t need to know everything about everyone at every minute.

    Also hated the newer layouts, which didn’t help.

  • quietstorms

    I don’t really agree with this article. When I turn on my phone, I don’t want to be inundated with lousy photos my friends take. Call me selfish but I’m more interested in things that are relevant to me and my friends only represent one small aspect of it.

    Zuckerberg may be right in saying that smartphone users spend 20% of their time on Facebook but there’s another 80% of the time when they are doing something else. I’m not sure how Home solves the problems for the user but it surely does help Facebook.

  • Pacomius

    And so, this is the way the world ends, Not with a bang, but, ah, ‘scuse me while I answer this…