From Pine View Farm

Facebook Frolics 4

At the Guardian, Steven Poole explains how the Faceborg’s “Home” is a glass house.

If Facebook is a home, it’s furnished by Ikea, in calming blue and white: minimalist, reassuringly boring. But it also has no curtains. Modern technology increasingly encourages a peculiar kind of information exhibitionism, defaulting to making you “share” your every digital move, not only with the drone-bots of the corporate cloud but with everyone you know. Some users of the new Blackberry Z10 have been mildly discombobulated on learning that the phone’s video player was alerting their friends that they had been browsing sites such as, which is (or so I understand) very much Not Safe For Work.

Video via Delaware Liberal.



  1. George Smith

    April 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Except it just shares your posts with its corporate clients. Facebook throttles your material until hardly any of your ‘friends’ see it, even if you have relatively low numbers of them. The idea of bringing to markt a high-end smartphone to collect this shows you where innovation in America is, in the pit. But hey, he got people to believe he freed Egypt and ended the problem of organ donation.

  2. George Smith

    April 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    This humor skit also features white twee dude persona that has come to define the tech culture. I never see anyone in these things that looks remotely like the people in the Baja Ranch supermarket up the street. Facebook has also added another trick. It even hides your own posts from -you- on your Timeline now. I noticed this a few days ago and thought the service had started deleting them. No, some algorithm hides them until you delete others on your line in the same date range, at which point they are “uncovered” once again.

  3. Frank

    April 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    They are all trying to look and act like the image of the young Bill Gates.


    The duplicitous creativity of the Zuckerborg is amazing.


    I’m not up on its little tricks because, despite having an account, I almost never log in (only when I get a message from someone I know, like, in person and face to face).   If I didn’t use it to pimp my blog, I would have left long ago.


    “Social networking” is neither “social” nor “networking.”

  4. George Smith

    April 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You may have noticed another facet about the national sociology of Facebook. In polls, Facebook is one of the most hated companies, by the public, in the US.
    But in polls of employees, it’s one of the most liked by its worker bees. Broadly, that says they have a small encapsulated development culture totally removed from what a majority in society believe to be social norms. So while they’re busy pumping out code and smartphone snob-end apps to disempower people for commercial benefit — one of their models is obviously to get people to pay for the privilege of being seen by their ‘friends’ — the outside views it differently.
    I wish it were possible to publish a well read book on how to use syntactical and semantic tricks in postings to render Facebook data corrupted but no one would ever do it. It would be delivered with a lengthy explanation on why not to ever “like” a product or business on Facebook, because, in the end, it will be inimical to you.