On Fans and Liking

I checked The Anti-Socla Media Facebook page today and found this message:

Introducing the Like button

Starting today people will be able to connect with your Page by clicking “Like” rather than “Become a Fan.” We hope this action will feel much more lightweight, and that it will increase the number of connections made across the site.

Wait, what?

Thanks for the warning about this Facebook.  You already know I hate liking things.  Now, you’ve gone and perverted Fan Pages into just Pages.  The one thing I thought made me stand out, and here you’ve gone and perverted it into something people just like.  Isn’t liking an inherent part of being a fan?

What’s worse is that Facebook is doing this just to try and figure out how to sell more ads and make more money off of each user.  If you are connected to more brands and things, then Facebook knows which products to try to sell to you.  It’s all a twisted way of playing with words to try and make a few more dollars.

So, go on, keep liking things.  Just play into Facebook’s arms until it crushes you in it’s monstrous bear hug.  One day, when you’re crushed with connections and likes, you’ll wish things were simpler.

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