Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Defriending fb was one of the better decisions lately. Not as good as avoiding the Jersey Shore, but honestly, I haven't missed it at all. I originally joined only to be found. I resisted for years, since I usually choose to NOT do what it seems everyone else does. When I saw they had millions of members and it was likely they wouldn't be replaced by a new format any time soon, I figured if anyone was looking for me, having a FB account was the easiest way for them to reach out. I didn't know who was supposed to FIND me (J-Lo is playin in the kiddie pool, Rihanna is in her “experimental” stage, Eve's avoiding me, Tyra is busy, and Serena is not dating anymore!) but I left myself out there. I actually found a few people myself, when I felt nostalgic, but there usually is a reason that you didn't stay in touch. After a few exchanges, we went back to where we were.
I really dislike how lazy people can be since the internet has been around. One status update does NOT count as keeping in touch! Social media ironically is making us LESS social. Funny huh?
I dislike Zuckerberg and this money-grab of going public. He had said in the past that his goal was to make the world more connected, not be a billionaire. They were already a billion-dollar company. Apparently, they needed more billions to..... ?
I also dislike the multiple classes of stock that fb issued. While many companies have used this system to insulate management from the common stock holders, that doesn't make it morally correct. If you go public, you SHOULD lose control of different aspects of the company. You now have many investors who would like to profit from this same organization and you MUST answer to them. If you don't WANT that, stay PRIVATE!!!
I try and support companies that do some good but not at the price of their employees or customers. If I know a particular organization is awful on the inside, I won't throw any dollars from of my wallet their way, no matter how good the sale is. Years ago, I refused to consider Nike sneakers because they weren't made in the United States. (Yes, YEEEEAAARS ago, when many things were still made here!) While it sounds stupid or naïve, we all should make choices based on our own beliefs and values, not on what everyone else is doing.
Don't you think?