Why I’m irritated with Facebook and you should be, too

January 21, 2019

It’s almost impossible to think of a day when Facebook won’t be part of our lives. And  yet, like everything else, it probably has a life span and eventually will reach an end, a day when it’s no longer current, or interesting or useful. Or it’s too abusive. And something else will take its place. That’s the way of the world. The clock is ticking, the countdown is underway. I’m sure of it.

There are a few things that piss me off about Facebook in its current version. I say “current” because Facebook is always changing and not necessarily for the better. I’m irritated with Facebook and maybe you are, too. So here are some reasons that Facebook could reach end of life sooner, rather than later.

Stop curating my content

Why does Facebook (and Google, and every other damn social outlet) think that it needs to tell us what we want to see? This idea of determining what appears on our newsfeed based on whether we comment on it or respond with more than a “like” is ridiculous. There are many, many times I read something and don’t feel compelled to comment or react. Or don’t have time. STOP CURATING MY CONTENT! We are all able to decide what we want to read and what we want to scroll past. We don’t need your help.

And Facebook Memories. I do not want to be caught unawares every day with photos of my dead dog. NO! And no way to turn it off.  You don’t need to remind me. I have enough reminders of my own. Stop it. Allow us to turn those Memories off. Oh I hate you for this.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

Facebook is always messing with groups, with Messenger, with the newsfeed, with business pages. STOP ALREADY. Just STOP. I know engineers can’t resist tinkering, but what is a GREAT idea to an engineer is usually a really stupid and impractical idea for users. Messenger became so irritating I deleted it from my phone long ago.

If it IS broke, fix it. And fast.

Is there really no way to notice when things are broken–like previews don’t work or images don’t post or anything else–and fix it right away? Can you spend a little time on THAT, rather than fixing what ain’t broke?

You screwed up with the Russian thing

Oh, darlins, you did screw up. You were ripe for the picking. Or rather, you made US ripe for the picking. And then you played dumb. Don’t insult our intelligence. Or maybe you really ARE that stupid.

You don’t need to share my info.

Seriously? You didn’t think there was something wrong with this? Arrogance.

Mark, your arrogance is already old.

I get that you were barely wet behind the ears when you got fame and fortune with the idea you probably really did steal from someone else in your first act of arrogance and poor ethics. You’ve now passed your Peter Principle, meaning you have reached your level of incompetence and it’s time for someone else to take over. You are no Steve Jobs.

Sheryl, your so-called PR shenanigans show you are also arrogant.

Why don’t you “lean in” to some ethics for a change? Investigating Soros because he criticized you shows your priorities are completely screwed up.  The clock’s ticking and you may well be out this year. And you deserve to be out. But then, so does Mark.

Use some of your funds to staff a full-out watchdog effort

for hate speech and nefarious interference. It’s inexplicable that you would spend so much time making “improvements” users don’t want and so little making sure our privacy is protected and that do-badders don’t hijack the newsfeed for nefarious purposes.

Is this so hard? I don’t think it is. So wake the hell up!

It’s becoming easier than ever to be irritated with Facebook. I’d love your thoughts in the Comments.

12 comments on “Why I’m irritated with Facebook and you should be, too
  1. PatU says:

    Exactly! You said it so well.

  2. I do not like Facebook. Idon’t see most of my friends’ posts anymore. And I use FB Live and I am on FB Groups but neither have panned out much business wise. My FB business page gets my Instagram stuff but I don’t post on it anymore. FB used to be okay, but now it is a monumental waste of time.

  3. Cyn says:

    After a decade on FB I deleted it last year. There hasn’t been a single minute in the months since then that I’ve missed it.

  4. Kate says:

    Well said! However, I’m hoping for improvements rather than having to give it up. Is anyone at FB listening? Pay attention, Mark!

  5. I am irritated as well. Mostly because it blocks everything that isn’t approved by a liberal agenda. Here in Canada , our PM wants FB to delete everything that goes against his beliefs for his Canada. Those are not my beliefs and I can choose what I want on my FB feed.

  6. Haralee says:

    Some good points. I really Really hate the memory feature!

  7. Barbara says:

    I agree with Kate. It needs a serious overhaul and should seek out users ideas. But, I don’t want it to go away completely.
    b

  8. Angela Kawlewski says:

    To turn off the memories feature (on your computer, not your phone), do this:

    Go to -> Settings -> Notifications -> On Facebook -> Under the heading: What You Get Notified About -> Select: On This Day, then choose NONE.

    If you turn it off here, I think it will control it on your phone too, but I’m not entirely sure. The settings on everyone’s phones are different depending on type of phone, so I can’t give instructions to turn off there.

  9. Alana says:

    I have seen so many complaints recently about the “memories” feature. One Facebook friend (someone I went to high school and college with) recently posted that the memory feature brought up a late friend’s birthday – and when she investigated further she found the friend’s husband had passed on in the past year and yet, people were still posting “happy birthday” to her dead friend.

  10. Pat says:

    Well said. Send it FB! I hope they will listen to your wise words.

  11. shelley says:

    These are spot on! FB has caused more problems and come between more people than just about anything I can think of. And I’m also sick of being shown what it “thinks” I want to see. How about it leaves those decisions up to me!

  12. Linda Hobden says:

    I’m frustrated with the current FB too – I don’t like the video stream bit, I’m not seeing my posts from my groups even though all notifications are on. I like to have my newsfeed in latest post order as default, not latest comment. I don’t get the “my story” feature – don’t like it. For the groups, can we have “pinned post” feature returned? Announcements & chat new features are just a waste of space. I much
    prefer twitter. Thanks for letting me vent!! Ha ha! 😊

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