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Now if Face Book (FB), actually goes ahead and deploys their e-mail service upon the WWW, I honestly believe ABSOLUTELY NO DAMN GOOD can come of it. Other then users blindly clicking about looking for old flames, drinking buddies, or even that nerd they used to “pack-bully” back in the day, it is of MY opinion the FB is the true essence of “Form-Over-Function”! Since it’s inception, the press surrounding FB has always been mixed, in that context it seems more often then not FB is only making headlines because of;

The Horrifying-
-security issues
-third-party vendors misbehaving
-people doing things they shouldn’t be (especially during work hours)

The Decent
-binding together awareness groups (which can be construed as the horrifying, depending on your views)
-pages sometimes started for missing people or legitimate help organizations

Now in today’s world of security lets look at the underlying principals that really bother me. Write to FB and ask for your profile to be removed and binned for good, or even better, take a look through their EULA and see what “opt-out” really means. If the average person applied those kinds of caveats to their career between other associates or employers, I’m sure for the most part one would find them selves being binned in the real sense of the word and not FB’s version/lofty idea of the word (or at least publicly skewered for it).

Most serious providers of e-mail or “networking” do offer a legitimate option for binning/deleting you profile (though some are buried deep within the EULA) but, nonetheless they do. I opened a FB account over two years ago to see what the fuss was about, I poked about for forty-eight hours and decided it wasn’t for me. Since then I have written to FB twice, have NOT logged into the account and followed all of their “suggestions” to the letter, guess what? Friends I added during the trial can still see my profile, and if it wasn’t for some sort of spam control/junk filters in my e-mail, I would still see messages telling me I haven’t logged in in awhile and I should see this that and the other thing.

Taking all of this into consideration, just imagine the flood of mail once one’s e-mail address is publicly catalogued to one’s profile, further more one can only imagine at some time that info will be compromised as it has in the past by FB partners. Once again in MY opinion the whole idea scares me to death and the age old adage “Buyer Beware” (Very AWARE) in this case applies like never before.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m in agreement here. I cannot see that a commercial organization first and foremost can possibly come up with a safe, secure and sane mail system for a potential 500 million plus customers for free; as in simple terms there is no financial gain.

    Therefore no matter what apparent motive they put on things, you can bet your greased nuts they are out to make a buck somewhere along the line from your email(s).

    Commercially it makes sense assuming the infrastructure is stable, but as users become more and more privacy/security “savvy”, I cannot see this is anything but a can of worms.

    It may well be that initially we see a stable mail system – but how long before adverts no matter how small creep in – a single text line at the foot of a mail is nothing to be worried about – but as we have no control over what is being advertised, given the amount of emails being sent and hence the number of adverts – this is going to upset any number of people.

  2. I believe Facebook email service is another bid to control content of the Internet and data mine users. Facebook is cited for having poor security but that isn’t even the scary part. Whether people realize it or not, they are voluntarily giving up valuable information to companies when they sign up for services and games through Facebook. Any “stolen” information is just a loss of revenue for Facebook, not an actual breach of confidential user info. It seems to me that Facebook email is just another service aimed at separating users from any shred of privacy they previously had and cultivate a new interest in a stale platform.


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