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The more astute among you may have noticed that while I may be back on Facebook, I have not been posting, commenting, or liking.
This is intentional and will continue until Facebook changes its policy to allow users to use their own chosen names.
I don't want my embarrassing "real" surname appearing on people's feeds, but more importantly, I want my profile to be next to worthless for Facebook to sell to advertisers. Hence no posts.
I am only using Facebook when absolutely necessary: for events and replying to messages, and for discussions around FB's own privacy policies. If you would like more quality interactions with me, you can find me on Google+ and LiveJournal under the names you'd expect (Psyche Deejay on G+, djpsyche on LJ).
My brief visits to FB indicate that many of you are still using it liberally. Please stop. If you disagree with FB's privacy policies, SHOW THEM by declining to engage.
I will not be replying to this [Facebook] post. If you have comments, please e-mail them to me or post them on my identical reposts on G+ and LJ.
Thank you.

Date: 2014-12-06 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hear, hear!

I was sat with a group of friends the other night and all were decrying the implementation of the real name policy, and recognised that it seems to have had a disproportionate impact upon the LGBTQ+ part of society. All agreed that FB was out of order and that it was a marketing solution for them rather than anything else. All know that FB is not for the users but the purchasers of the data.

Many had even had to verify their own names, had their accounts turned into pages or had to use their full (birth) name instead of their usual abbreviation.

They are still all on FB.

The only way to break the monopoly is to stop using it. If it is not profitable then something else will come to take its place. (Myspace anyone?) Perhaps that something will be better, more attuned to the needs of its diverse users perhaps not but while FB still has the lions share there is no money to invest in other platforms.

What would be lovely would be something like the old iGoogle, where you could have all your info on one dashboard. And you could link between social networks and email and everything else. But there's little money in that seemingly. There's no clicks, no likes, no revenue streams.

I know it's cold outside and I have intentionally put myself in this position it would be nice if others would join in a protest rather than rolling over and continuing to consume. Even logging into FB gives clicks and thus ad revenue. If the adds appear on your feed then FB gets revenue from the advertisers even if they don't get revenue from you as a user.

Date: 2014-12-06 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very good point. I'll be more proactive in directing people to e-mail me rather than send me a Facebook message.
And yeah... I and my Raynaud's have decided it's too cold for an outdoor protest at this time of year :( I'll be arranging some kind of online protest, hopefully. A no-post day or something.

Date: 2014-12-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the protest, and even more luck with getting people to come back here. I still think it's a nicer space (even if for some reason your journal has gone to no format at all on my screen at least it's not blue and the lines of text stretch across my monitor)!

Date: 2014-12-07 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(clicked like on this thread) (oops)

Date: 2014-12-06 01:27 pm (UTC)
matrixmann: (Wasteland Ranger)
From: [personal profile] matrixmann
Right that is.

Date: 2014-12-06 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm primarily over there for a closed group for a company I use and event invites - my hope is that everyone will rock over to something we can use whatever name we like and events will get organised there. Am I right in thinking that Google saw sense and are allowing whatever name you like for G+ now?

Date: 2014-12-07 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Google dropped their real name policy for G+ earlier this year, finally.

Date: 2014-12-07 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Apparently two things you can do to make your profile worth less are:
-Unlike everything
-Install adblocker.

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