Letter to Facebook: Shyflower.com

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Open Letter to Facebook (or it could be)

by Linda Jenkinson

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Dear Facebook,
This could be an open letter to you, but I'm sure you will never see it. After all, you ignore the messages I send you through your "help" links and your "contact" links. Still, you are doing some things that piss me off so I would like to let you know about them.

First of all, I know that it's your web site. If I don't like your rules, I can always leave. However, you have promoted Facebook as a place where I can meet and keep in touch with friends, both near and far away. There are some things you could do to make it easier.

If you were to visit me at my house and I did things that annoyed you, I hope you would tell me about them before you got angry and left. For instance, if I decided — out of the blue — to sit on your lap, it might offend you. If I decided to go through your pockets, it might offend you. If I decided to wear your shoes, it might offend you. If I asked you for money, it might offend you. This is what you are doing to your guests in a virtual way.

  • I don't need you to put words in my mouth. As you can see from this, I have a surplus of words. So, please don't tell me that I need to "write a post." I'll do that when I have something worth saying.
  • Also, please quit nagging me to pay to promote my pages. None of them (I have three, in case you didn't know) are there to make money so I see no reason to spend money on them. They are only there to give friends and those who share my special interests (e.g. writing and dogs) a special place to meet up and stay in touch.
  • Please don't suggest memories for me to share. I'm 67 so the memory may fail soon, but for now, it's doing fine on its own.
  • I don't need you to suggest groups for me to join, games for me to play, or pages for me to like. I'm a pretty resourceful person and I am capable of making my own choices.

On the bright side, I do like that you have finally allowed me to choose my friends over my interests. It took a while, but you finally got there. If you would allow me to choose "latest news" as my default news feed, I would much appreciate it. I regularly do that, but every time I leave and come back, I come back to something called "top stories." They really aren't the ones that I would prioritize, if given the choice. In fact, often I have already read most of them and I just don't like reruns.

I hear that advertisers are your customers and your guests are the "product". I am just one item in a large inventory. That's okay, but please remember that I am also the customer of your advertisers. Just one person in a large demographic, but I buy a lot of merchandise from a lot of different merchants. Advertisers know that satisfied customers, like me, are important to their businesses. That's something you should stay aware of, too.

I do understand that some people need and enjoy your reminders. I don't mean to infringe on their pleasure. Yet, could you give me the ability to "opt out" of all those things that annoy me? I would be forever grateful. Please consider it.

Linda Jenkinson

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