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Facebook, you make me feel like a snoop October 20, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in family.
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I know we go on endlessly about how we don’t like changes to Facebook but how we shouldn’t complain because it’s free.

I’m complaining, anyway.

To be fair, I really do like the chat feature.  It’s turned out to be invaluable for making plans with family because I can be working on grading and chatting with my sister, for instance.  It’s a lot easier to do that than to try to drop everything and concentrate on a phone call or try to text with those little keys.

However, it’s not all good.  And lately, it’s felt downright wrong.  Some of the new changes mean that when my friends comment on one of their friend’s posts, that post shows up in my feed.  At least a couple times now, I’ve clicked like or made comments, thinking the post was a friends, only to discover I’d just written a response on a picture that belongs to someone I don’t know.

I don’t want to know what my friends are saying to their friends.  Seeing this makes me feel like I’m eavesdropping on a conversation, and I really don’t want to be doing that.

I know this is supposed to help us keep up better with our friends, but I don’t like it.  If my friends want to tell me something, they can post on my wall or share whatever they’ve been looking at.  But watching them have conversations where I haven’t been explicitly invited is starting to feel very creepy.  It’s social networking, not internet stalking.

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1. Chris Lindsay (@ChrisLindsay9) - October 20, 2011

Totally agree with you. I’ve nearly stopped commenting on or liking my friends’ posts, due to being uncomfortable that their status updates will be seen by my friends. And I post very rarely now because I don’t necessarily want my status updates to be seen by those that aren’t my friends anymore.

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2. sciwo - October 20, 2011

I completely agree. I’ve basically given up on facebook, because I liked that I could control the privacy levels of what I shared, but now that seems to be moot. Plus, they still haven’t done anything about all of the groups that advocate violence against women.

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