They figured out how do you tweak people’s vanities and their passions and their susceptibilities and their desires in order to keep them on the site.
If you have not heard it, the above NPR Fresh Air interview by Dave Davies with Evan Osnos, a New Yorker Staff writer is well worth the listen.
Since that interview, we’ve had two more announcements of significance from Facebook.
October 11th, the evil empire announced that they’d disabled some 66 accounts or what Facebook described as:
dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to Russian database provider SocialDataHub
SocialDataHub provides analytical services to the Russian government. Facebook said SocialDataHub were “scraping” peoples information. Who knows how much information, how they used it, or who they sold it too. Facebook don’t. It looks live another 50-million accounts at least. [Check here if your account was compromised.]
The October 8th, Facebook announced their “Portal”, basically a tablet and web cam that allows you to make video calls to other Portal-users, and follows you around the room. Facebook of course says Privacy is
‘Very, Very, Very Important’
But let’s be honest, are you really willing to stay on facebook? Who in their right mind would allow facebook to live video them and not screw up the privacy, and even if they don’t, they’ll be analysing the Sh*t out of everything in every frame to identify things to sell to advertisers about you.
Can facebook do this securely and respecting your privacy? You bet your life not.
#DELETEFACEBOOK Start doing it now. #DELETFACEBOOK, and the women you will wow. (With apologies to Cole Porter).