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“Smartest guys in the room,” eh?

Saturday, March 25th, 2023 Alive 18,960 days

I received another check in the mail from Facebook for violating my privacy. I think this is the third check.

Itʼs been said that Facebook makes $20 per month (or is it year?) from each user. Based on the number of months I was a user, and the total amount of the checks I've gotten from Facebook, it lost a bundle on me.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2020 Alive 18,100 days

An error message from Facebook

Facebook claims to have the “smartest people in the room” working for it.

If Facebook canʼt keep its web site working, what chance do I have?

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Sunday, August 12th, 2018 Alive 17,274 days

My Facebook feed this morning:

  • An important service alert from a transit agency in some other city.
  • An obviously fake friend request from someone who thinks a Sharpie is an eyebrow pencil.
  • A promoted post from some company Iʼve never heard of pushing something I donʼt care about.
  • “People You May Know” who are all people I donʼt know.
  • Someone elseʼs memory of an event 5 years ago I wasnʼt at and donʼt care about.
  • A post from a “neighborhood” group on the other side of town.
  • A “Suggested Post” about something I donʼt care about.
  • A post in a language that I donʼt speak, but thatʼs OK because I do follow the Yomiuri Giants.
  • A post from the state parks people about a state park 400 miles away.
  • An image caption repost of a repost of a repost of a repost from someone who thinks that lifeʼs problems can be solved by re-posting other peopleʼs refrigerator magnet thoughts.
  • An ad for a coffee chain in another city with no locations within 700 miles.
  • A “Breaking News” weather alert about a dust storm last week.
  • A news item that a local TV station posted three months ago.
  • A photograph of someone I donʼt know who is friends with someone who is friends with someone who might know this person
  • A photo from an actual Facebook friend, but itʼs of his tween daughter in a leotard. Ummm…
  • An ad for a coffee chain in another country.
  • One of those “URGENT! URGENT!1!11!! Please help us find out dog!” re-posts from someone 2,500 miles away.
  • A re-post of a image caption thatʼs been around since the 1990ʼs.

Good job, Facebook. Glad to see the $70 billion spent on “user engagement AI” is working out for you.

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