A friend recently suggested I join ‘Facebook’. I’d never been to Facebook, and wasn’t really interested, but was pretty much convinced to try it. I used to be on ‘Myspace’, and I think I still am, if they haven’t deleted my account for non-usage. Actually I don’t even know if Myspace is still in business; apparently it is the graveyard of internet ‘social” sites. There is an interesting video on youtube called ‘The truth about Facebook!’ which has nealy 1.5 million views, which warns of the freakish privacy violations and risks of facebook.
To me, Facebook does not seem like a very user friendly site at all. For example, I am stil not even sure how to link to my facebook account to show others. I believe you can find it here, and my pictures here. If you can not find it by clicking on those links, I may as well delete the darn thing because it’s a hopeless waste of time, (not that it isn’t anyway). When I first signed up yesterday, they gave an option to ‘customize’ my facebook url. This made perfect sense, as it seems like the easiest way to find someone. Since I have joined, my friend suggested that I search around for people I know. I typed in the names of several people and it usually lists numerous people with the same or similar names, but not always the person I am looking for. This is even more reason to get a personalized facebook url (for example, facebook.com/yourname.)
When I started to sign up for a customized facebook url, a box popped up that demanded my personal cell phone number to ”verify” something or other. Facebook then promised to ‘text me’ a ‘secret code’ for me to enter onto their website in order to complete the transaction. This has got to be the biggest bunch of hooey I have ever heard in my life, (aside from the official government version of 9/11). I don’t give my phone number out to websites, particularly websites that are alleged to be CIA spook sites which gather, database and share information with any number of governments, corporations or creepy strangers.
Edit! Right nafter I posted this article, it appeared on google next to this one; an article in tech magazine PCMag.com that facebook has announced that it is sharing its users home addresses and phone numbers! The article states that it’s “a move that a security expert said “could herald a new level of danger” for Facebook members.” Should anyone be surprised?
I had already clicked an ‘e-mail confirmation link’ which I had recieved via e-mail from facebook upon registering there. So there is absolutely no reason to give these weirdos my cell phone number. That is the most ludicrous bunch of nonsense I have ever heard. “But they already know your phone number anyway, they know everything”, my cynical friend replied. Maybe. I am on the TSA no-fly list, despite never having been convicted much less charged with any crime in my life. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the new world order boogeyman know my cell phone number. I know they know my website, because I see police departments, U.S. Congressmembers and Homeland Security visiting my website regularly. I see they spend ‘multiple visits over numerous days’ on my site, thanks to the web log statistic service I use. I don’t care if they see my website or read these articles, perhaps they might even learn something.
But I am not giving some two bit website my phone number, and I’m not a teeny-bopper. I don’t do ‘‘texts”. So they can shove it. The only thing that came close to being as ludicrous as Facebook’s demand for my phone number is when google adsense demanded that I give them my home address. Their ad says ‘Place Google ads on your website and earn revenue – Learn more’. At the time I considered signing up, they demanded a street name, house number, etc. and said that P.O. Boxes are not accepted. I don’t know if that is still their policy, and am not particularly interested in searching for that information. But given the fact that most all government agencies accept a P.O. Box as a legal address, there’s absolutely no reason that an internet search engine should not. This raises the question, why does google want the home address of all their adsense users? The google CEO, in an infamously creepy video, reminded everyone that there is no privacy on google. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said. Dr Katherine Albrecht, RFID expert and co-author of SPYCHIPS, is one of my favorite radio hosts and commentators. She promotes Startpage.com, a search engine which does not save, database and sell any it’s users information.
A good friend of mine was happy to announce that his wife had a baby last month. He called me from the hosptial afterwards and before hanging up, he said that I can see pictures of the baby on facebook. I thought this was funny, but I guess it’s a good way to keep up with friends. Since I wasn’t a member of facebook, I had no idea of how to find them. He told me to search under his wife’s e-mail address, but it did not work. Maybe now that I am an official member, I can see the kid.(?) I would wish them congratulations here, but I don’t want to taint them by mentoning their name and associating the baby with me. For all I know they would place the kid on a Facebook/ Homeland Security watch list.
So while I absolutely love the internet and the opportunity it provides for research, learning and mass communication, I am not interested in giving up every aspect of my privacy. This does not mean “I have something to hide”. It simply means that I am a human being with dignity, and that all of my business is not everyone elses business. For the record, I did not use my name, my city, my phone number, my education, my employer, my famly, or my friends, or anything else that’s no one elses business on facebook. What is wrong with people that they feel the need to spill every aspect of their lives on creepy corporate websites? Eegads.
Since I get paid for writing on Examiner based on the number of traffic my articles receive, of course I would love it if a million people (minimum) clicked on each of my articles every day. This is because I am a greedy materialistic bastard who lives soley for money. Just kidding. Actually, my friend suggested that Facebook would be a great venue for my articles. That is the only reason I joined. Hey, at least I’m honest. In conclusion of this article have included a link to the following article The Jewish hand behind Internet – Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, MySpace, eBay… Have a great day.
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