OK, I couldn’t even if I wanted to. But If I could, I still wouldn’t. Want to know why?
1. I’ve never clicked on a Facebook Ad in my life
If 85% of Facebook revenues are from ads and I’ve never clicked on one in my life, either I’m a weirdo or else I’m normal and the advertisers are wasting their money. The General Motors decision to stop FB advertising is a “Facebook has no clothes” moment that’s only going to gather momentum.
2. It’s so ugly
As a Mac user, so used to beautiful, minimalist simplicity, I can hardly bear to look at the dump-truck of the FB interface. Did they ask Bill Gates to design the Timeline? Maybe it’s only PC users that keep FB alive. Google+ is a model of Zen compared to this fiasco.
3. Immobile Apps
Mobile is a huge threat to FB. There’s just not enough screen estate to get ads on to. FB’s solution? Invent the slowest, junkiest mobile Apps in the world. “Oh, that’ll work!”
How would you feel if your bank changed its privacy rules every other week without telling you? And when you find out via the media, you discover you need an IT PhD to figure out the pages and pages of privacy settings.
In the course of the last few weeks I’ve seen at least two ministries potentially ruined by the Yahoo and Socialcam FB partnerships. In case you didn’t know, when you read Yahoo articles or watch Socialcam videos, FB will often post those facts on your Facebook Wall, Page, or whatever they call it. No, of course, people shouldn’t be reading or watching certain things, but how insensitively stupid for FB to set this up without MEGA FLASHING LIGHTS WARNINGS.
6. Facebook Mail
How difficult is it to design email software that maintains a chronological thread? What a mess!
7. Everything else
Farmville, Facebook Chat, Group Invites, Event Invites, Pokes, Photo quality, Notifications, Quizzes, Breakfast updates, Lunch updates, Dinner Updates, Supper Updates, Midnight Feast Updates, etc. (Want to make a million? Create an App that only lets FB status updates through if they pass a certain IQ/EQ threshold).
And please, please, don’t anyone ever add me to a Group again without my expensive and explicit permission. Oh, and one last thing, don’t ever TAG me in a photo. And if I remove a TAG, it’s because I do not like your photo. And if you add it again, prepare for a menacing knock on your door.
Apart from that it’s quite good.