On Sun, May 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM, Sean Bonner <se...@seanbonner.com
> I'm no longer on Facebook, here's why.
I never joined Facebook to begin with, for similar reasons. When you
show up for jury duty, lawyers will look at your Facebook page and
everyone you know, in order to find reasons why you shouldn't serve on
the jury. Now if you want to get out of jury duty you may consider
that a good thing, but I have no problem getting ejected just for
being able to think, and I see this practice as compromising our
judicial system. Similarly, doctors and psychologists will use
Facebook information to find reasons not to treat you. People should
be aware that employers sift Facebook information to render you
ineligible, but it seems people are oblivious to the consequences of
leading far too public a life. It's not like I hide on the internet,
anyone could find buckets of dirt about me if they did a little work.
But the problem with Facebook is it's created a *one stop shop* for
finding all that dirt. Way too much abusable power in the hands of
I have joined Facebook using a bogus identity in order to access the
Technomads page. This is also my policy with Massively Multiplayer
Online Games and other internet services that want far more
information about me than they should be having. Restaurants used to
give cooking oil away to homebrew biofuel makers, until they realized
they were actually giving away money. The same is true of all these
social media business models but people are sheep, so I expect the
profits to continue to roll in. I won't help them.
The only valid use of Facebook as far as I'm concerned is to pimp your
business. In that case you don't want privacy, and you will spend
time controlling your business identity, so it's a perfect advertizing
vehicle. Get people to "Like" your business. Like Walmart, YEAH!
Totally rockin' Walmart, they need a lot of help with their
advertizing footprint so like like like! The system is absurd, the
meaning of the words "friend" and "like" have been reduced to utter
> There's no groups on G+, but I'm
> happy to start a circle for technomads on G+ and would love to have more of
> this groups interaction there.
G+ has yet to articulate a reason why I should want to participate.
Wanting to be like Facebook and a competitor to Facebook is not a
BTW I tried to post to this mailing list a year ago and my long winded
post disappeared into the void. I don't know whether something
technical happened or the moderators just weren't approving anything
at the time. If this makes it through, then I guess we know we have a
live channel of discussion. I must say I was a little surprised to
get the original email, I thought technomads must just be collecting
Brandon Van Every