Why I dumped Facebook.
Over the years I have used Facebook and found it useful to stay connected. But, more recently I have taken to using LinkedIn, twitter, tumblr, for personal and business (I have 2 accounts). I use others but they are offshoots of the three above.
But, the point here is my leaving FB. Why? Frankly, invasiveness. Yes, they have been getting snoopier and in the past I could set my privacy to be more private, but most recently they have taken to resetting the privacy to their default. Which is to say, no privacy.
Now, I am willing to forego certain privacy settings for convenience. But, FB was just getting too nosy for my taste. Will I go back? I’m not sure. But, for now, I don’t miss it.
The Counter Offer
So, you just received an offer for the new job. You bring to your existing boss and ask “Can you match this?”. When you ask that question you need to be prepared for two things 1) they say yes 2) they say no.
Let’s look at #2 first, it’s easy they say no, you have the option to leave or stay. If you leave, you have a new job and more money. But, make sure you leave on a good note. If you stay, your boss now knows you’re looking and will not trust you. Also, guess who’s head is going on the next chopping block? Yep …. You!
Let’s look at #1. You get your raise, and you have a choice, stay or go. If you stay, you need to realize that your head is going on the chopping block. Why? Simple, your boss knows you’re thinking about leaving, you are not going to trusted and they will keep handing you more and more work until you make a mistake. Voila, you’re gone. However, if you are doing it just to show your current boss, “Hey this is what they [know] I’m worth on the open market. Why didn’t you see that?” Well, you may have just burned a bridge, and if that was one of your references…
My point here, the counter-offer is never worth it in the mid to long term. Think about this, all those autoworker union strikes. They may have received what they wanted, but what happened to that plant in the next 2-3 years? The production was moved somewhere else and where did the jobs and raises go? Black mail, and yes that is essentially what a strike is, does not work in the long-run.
So, if you receive that counter-offer, think long and hard about the consequences of saying yes.
Encryption cracked by NSA?
Hardly! They were provided a backdoor by the manufacturer. This frankly is, and should be, more concerning. Since that would indicate that no level of encryption will be safe. If the NSA is ‘asking’ for backdoors to be put in for their use, and who knows what other agencies, can you ever be properly protected from prying eyes. To those of you that say, “if you’re not doing anything illegal, why should it matter?” remember this:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoller apparently wrote this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_…)
Your candidate has pictures
They are partying - drinking, kissing and general merriment. Yet, you want to pass on them for that. Why?
Lets be clear, everyone parties, drinks, cavorts. In this case pictures are posted. But, the candidate is excellent and everything is great, but those images. And you are considering not hiring? Lets be clear, if that is the case, the decision is short-sighted and, frankly, stupid.
So, just because that candidate has a private life and others know, you want to pass?
My point? Why pass on a great candidate?
I’m still on Facebook, but why?
Facebook has had it’s day.
That is a bold statement! But, it’s true. It will be around and it will be used by a number of people. But, frankly, from what I have seen, it is become a longer version of twitter but with pictures embedded. I use it because, in about 50% of cases that is the only way to reach certain people. Would I prefer other methods? Fuck yes!!!! Text, twitter, LinkedIn (although again that is really more of a business necessity), tumblr etc.. You get my point, I hope. You see, when the median age of the user starts to rise into or above the mid - twenties or early thirties. That begins to sound the death knell for a product. And that is what Facebook is, a product.
You live out your life on Facebook. Anyone can look at it. Some say it is good, others bad. I don’t really care. It is human nature to do that. We all want our 15 minutes, so to speak.
Facebook is one of the companies that turns over 80% of its user data to the US government. Do Americans still believe that they live in a free society? Or is it obvious to everyone but them that they do not? I am genuinely curious. Let me know.
So, Facebook will become the blackberry of social media, not yet, but soon enough. LinkedIn, I like it, but it is severely limiting. However from a business perspective it helps. Twitter, I like. Gives you easily accessed info that you can expand upon at your leisure. Tumblr, love it. I don’t see why yahoo needed to implement a porn filter. Kind of stupid, but their decision. Pinterest? The biggest issue I have with that is the level of spam. Also, business users are sucking the life out of that platform. User generated content, posted by legitimate users, not by network marketers will be the saviour for that platform. But, they need to lose the puritanical attitude. (Pinterest users know what I mean).
Next up for me? I think I’m going to start a YouTube channel. A little late, but I have some ideas that might be fun…
Feel free to respond. Let me know your thoughts on my rambling thoughts.