I Don’t Like You and You Don’t Like Me

by Michael Benidt on June 8, 2010

I got a problem. Can you relate? Most of the people I used to like on Facebook, some of them even a lot, I don’t “Like” anymore. I blame Mark Zuckerberg.


You Have a Friend in the Facebook Business

Honestly, I don’t really know Mark Zuckerberg all that well. I mean, we’re not “Friends,” or anything (for those of you without a scorecard, he’s the head guy over at Facebook).

I do know that trusting Mark to fix privacy controls is like trusting BP’s Tony Hayward to insist upon safe oil drilling procedures in the Gulf. Not really his strong suit.


In the past few weeks, Mark and his cronies have yet again gotten themselves mired in deep, squishy cow-flop by making more raucously stupid decisions about your safety and privacy.

Oh, you mean just like the one where they thought broadcasting what you buy online to all your friends was a good idea? Yup.

Oh, you mean like when they declared that all your photos and stuff on Facebook belonged to them if you leave? Yup.

Now, here we are again. Another firestorm of protest as Facebook decides to spread your stuff all over the Internet. And, one more time, Zuckerberg is sweating it out and re-thinking his position (was there ever any thinking in the first place?!)

Here’s what I’m thinking. It’s impossible to calculate how just how grave the danger is when corporate America is run by video game-playing snots like this guy.

Sing along, then, with me (and Eric), as we move on:

I don’t care what you do at night oh
I don’t care how you get your delights
We’ll leave it alone
We’ll just let it be
I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

Back to Those Fan Pages

Yes, I’ve became a “Fan” on Facebook of a few of my friends and business acquaintances. These were called “Fan Pages.” (Clever, huh?) Then, in the blink of an eye, I guess I started to “Like” them. Who knew?!

Now? I’ve decided not to “Like” anyone or be a “Fan” of anyone, period.

The “Like Button” nonsense has gotten totally out of hand. It’s all one big giant morass of marketing voodoo and privacy violations.


Wired Magazine’s Ryan Singel (“Facebook’s Gone Rogue)” says:

“Then there’s the new Facebook “Like” button littering the internet. It’s a great idea, in theory — but it’s completely tied to your Facebook account, and you have no control over how it is used. (No, you can’t like something and not have it be totally public.)”

And, as Singel points out, there’s a Facebook Fan Page (Facebook Like Page?!) for every word and phrase in the universe. Whether it’s “My Boss is Crazy,” “existentialism,” “putrid” or “cursive,” there’s a page for it.

How Could We Know that Promises End?

It makes me feel just like The Blogger Also Known as @Snipeyhead. Recently she commented back on one of her own blog posts about Facebook Fan Pages:

Every time I try to sit down and write about the privacy crap they’ve recently pulled, I feel physically tired.

Which is exactly how I feel. I’m tired of trying to keep up with the changes on Facebook. I’m tired of people I don’t know suggesting that I should “Like” their twaddle. I’m tired of the exploitation that Facebook wrangles out of my private likes and dislikes. I’m just plain tired.

So, it comes down to this. I still like all of you. I really do. I just don’t “Like” any of you, anymore. Especially you, Zuckerberg.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

kell March 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

How about just not join facebook, follow twitter, etc?

Michael Benidt March 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

The perfect solution, Kell,
And, one offered by Ann Patchett in this recent article – http://tinyurl.com/PatchettFacebook

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