Really, I’m not doing much here. Just trying to draw your attention to someone else’s work on how Facebook’s recent bout of ill-conceived changes continue to mess with your privacy, your communications, and your ability to actually use the system without getting screwed-up.
It’s essentially the same problem. The code monkeys at Facebook have decided that they know better than you how you want to get your information, or more importantly, they’re deciding what information is important. They’re trying to prove how smart they are by writing algorithms that watch what you do, analyze words in messages, and essentially hide a shit-ton of stuff you probably would prioritize higher than they do. Any time you have someone who has doubtable social skills managing your social interaction, you are doomed.
And Facebook is no better at predicting what you want to see than any other company. Do you recall that old chestnut “My Tivo Thinks I’m Gay“? Well here we are a decade later and Facebook thinks you don’t want information from someone you just met, haven’t actually met but who really needs to get in touch with you, or haven’t spoken with for a while because they only recently decided to forgive you… the list goes on with the potential ways Facebook will or may have already f#@ked you up.
This time, it’s messages. Did you know there’s a whole bunch that Facebook pushes off into a separate area without EVER giving you a surface level indication that they’ve arrived? Yup, we can thank Slate Magazine’s Elizabeth Weingarten for sharing her experiences today in Furious at Facebook Again!
Seriously, when are these guys going to be sued for abusing their customer’s information? This is an area where we set serious and definitive precedence.