Facebook - Just when you thought it couldn't get worse.

June 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Those who know me, or have seen my scathing posts about Facebook, know I'm not a fan.  I've been on the fence about deleting my business page entirely for a while now, and I haven't had a personal page for many years.  The only thing keeping me there, is that many people would no longer see my images, and I wouldn't be able to interact with you.  Though unless businesses pay an obscene amount of money, most of their content is blocked from the very people who said they wanted to see it anyway.

Some may have noticed posts by IFTTT on my page.  This awesome little service allows me to automatically post new items in my store, images on Instagram, and eventually blog posts, to my Facebook page, without ever going on it.  One step closer to being rid of Facebook for good, and hopefully moving on to something else (Google+?).  I don't want to fully go into IFTTT here, but you should all check it out if you enjoy snazzy automation scripts.

Onto the reason I'm posting in the first place.  It just came out that Facebook was manipulating peoples' news feeds and visible content further, as part of a psychological experiment.  Read the full story over at Maximum PC.  Facebook basically filtered out certain posts by your friends to see if they could make you feel more negative or positive.  This is incredibly creepy and disturbing.  I'm not sure how anyone can be ok with this and continue to use a service that intentionally alters your mood.

"The unwitting participants in the Facebook study were told (seemingly by their friends) for a week either that the world was a dark and cheerless place or that it was a saccharine paradise. That’s psychological manipulation, even when it’s carried out automatically. This is bad, even for Facebook."

I'd love to hear everyone's perspective, what you're switching to, or why this manipulation is ok with you.  Leave some comments!


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