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Dear Facebook,

On June 29, I will be turning 40 years old.  My gift to myself will be completely removing myself from Facebook once and for all.  Which direction I go from here I do not know, but it will be to something more friendly to its users.

What started out as a great and amazing idea, has quickly become nothing more than an excuse to make money; at your user’s expense.  As with any technology, change is to be expected and so I have not complained publicly about the changes over time to Facebook.  However, this increasing issue with the News Feed, on both the web application and the Android app is becoming quite silly.  When I click Most Recent, I want to see the newest stuff first and then the older stuff arranged by time–as does anyone else.  On the Android app, now you have the Most Recent choice hidden and it still does not always show things properly, why is this such a hard concept for you?

Why is it you put no bearing on what your users want?  Is it the almighty dollar?  Well, that is a double edged sword as we can merely leave your service and find another–and if demand becomes high enough another service will appear which meets our needs.

While I do not reasonably expect everyone to boycott Facebook as I am, all I really ask is for people to think about it.  Change comes about from action, either cancelling your account or not using it.  It does nothing to complain about things Facebook does while sitting there playing Farmvill or Words With Friends.

I would like to see everyone who reads this re-blogging it, posting a link, whatever ya can to pass the message along.  We can make the change we want if we are willing to take the action required to achieve it.

See you all on Tumblr or Google+, have not really decided which I am going with yet.

 

 

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Clicking ‘Like’ Could Cost You Your Job

So, apparently according to Federal District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson, an employer can fire you for what you ‘like’ on Facebook.  Sound like something from the Onion?  Yeah I thought so too at first, however, here is the story.  How exactly does this work, I mean seriously?  How can you get fired for liking a Facebook page, even if it is someone running against your boss in an upcoming election?

This will be an interesting case to follow as it will definitely open the door enabling employers to fire employers they otherwise do not have proper grounds to.  It actually scares the crap out of me in all honesty.  Imagine your employer firing you because you ‘Liked’ a movie that goes against their personal beliefs.  What if you ‘Like’ Tim McGraw but your boss absolutely hates country music?

While these examples may seem rather extreme, they are not that far off base considering how employers currently abuse laws and lawsuits that have favored employers.

So, the next time you are considering liking something on Facebook, either make sure your boss cannot see your profile or what be offended by it.

 

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