It would appear that I am currently banned from Facebook. It wants me to login when I try to go to my page. It tells me that the content is not available and it offers me a chance to sign up. Facebook and I have a long history with this issue.
Although I am not 100% certain, I believe I started on Facebook in 2006. My initial account was Higher Than Pope. I was kicked off after a while because I thought the goal was much like it had been on myspace: add friends. Facebook told me that I was adding friends too fast. After awhile, they let me back on…it was only some temporary ban. I slowed down adding friends. It was not slow enough apparently because they kicked me off again. After the second or third time, they told me that they would not let me back on until I used a “human name”, Higher Than Pope was not a real name. They wanted my real name. No human name, no account.
In the United States you are allowed to go by any name you choose as long as it is not to hide from wrong doing or to commit crimes. If you want that name legally recognized, such as with the IRS or other, then you have to get it legally changed. But for two hundred dollars or so, you can file the paperwork and change your name to anything you would like. Once upon a time, it only cost $50 but the price has gone up a bit. Legally, I could change my name to Higher Than Pope. I considered it.I looked into it. It has become a little more complicated than it used to be, as there is a clause entered in the statues here that says something about the name being reasonable. So it would seem more subjective than it was once, someone would have to make a value judgement somewhere in the chain of the process about the reasonableness of the request.
I am one of those people who are somewhat rebellious. I dislike people or organizations telling me what to do. I particularly dislike what I see is an invasion of privacy and essentially stealing my content, i.e., I am no longer allowed to access my content but Facebook not only can access it, they can determine its longevity and use. To heck with that. So I became Bob Pope. That came from the band members section off Reverbnation. Everywhere else on the net, I’m just Higher Than Pope unless it is a site that assumes my Facebook identity. I have a problem with that as well. If I didn’t enter it as data into a form on the site, then I don’t think they should be using it. However, it would seem that if you login using a Facebook ID, then some information is automagically transferred without explicit consent. Now I understand that you have to copy a legal picture ID (a state issued Driver License or ID card) to them before they will reinstate you. I find that completely repellant. If they want access to my details, they should pay me. The fb software/hardware platform is just not that compelling. I look forward to their tanking.
Why Facebook has chosen to kick me off again is a mystery. I suppose it is because of friends I added. Except that one, I am seldom on facebook at all any more and two, I rarely add anyone as friend. Earlier today I was asked to login and FB gave me a pop quiz. I was trying to Like a band from reverbnation and when I clicked Like, FB blocked it and told me to login. The pop quiz was something about did I want to cancel friends requests or risk getting them annoyed. The statement (as I have found all Facebook communiques to be) completely ambiguous and lacking in context. Apparently I chose the wrong answer. I found it very confusing that they were complaining about me “adding” when I was in the middle of “liking” and not adding. I also could not think who I might have added recently, although I think Andrea Charls may have had a Profile link to FB on her reverbnation page instead of a Page. I believe I did decide to friend her a couple three days ago. I further suspect that some people I friend do not accept that friend request because they know me as Higher Than Pope and not as Bob Pope. That is because almost every where on the internet, I am known as Higher Than Pope and not as Bob Pope. If enough people do not accept my friend request, I suspect FB decides I am fallaciously adding friends, etc, so that is equivalent to adding too fast.
Or about a week ago, I noticed that I had three friend requests waiting. I added the first ones and saw the last one was a friend recommend and so added them too, since that is pretty much how one makes new friends (through recommendations from other friends). I figured it was fine since I had not added anyone that I recall in the last several weeks. Perhaps that was the cause of my fall from grace.
Maybe, FB sent me messages warning me about my violations. But I gave up reading messages a long time ago because I have no interest any longer in Farmville or its ilk. Who wants to build up a lot of points in something if one is going to be booted off on whim. Not me.
I suspect they also do not like it that I do not respond to “how do you know this person” quiz they give me sometimes when I accept friend requests. I figure it is none of their business. They think it is.
Possibly it’s because they don’t like the fact that I have not entered the High School I attended. But I am not really interested in chatting up old high school chums, so why would I want that listed? It is irrelevant.
Hence I am no longer on FB.
I lost interest in FB when they kicked me off the second time, killing all my game scores and interrupting the flirting I was doing at the time. That forced hiatus meant I would never go back to FB as I had before. I used to be social on FB. But threaten me with the possibility of taking that away without fair warning or explanation and I will not participate. There are just too many reasonable alternatives that are not so dictatorial. I do not do edicts well.
Facebook is a bully. If you do not participate under our strictures, then we will cut you off from your friends.
Facebook want all of your information so they can sell it for adverts. Never mind that they are not able to use it effectively or correctly.
Those that know me also know that I get a kick out of the misdirected spam I receive. For instance, online I am listed as single. So much of the spam I get through facebook ads is from dating sites. However, I do not respond to that spam. So after a while, the spam starts to rotate through other possibilities since I do not seem interested. It starts out straight, typically local. After awhile it starts to rotate through a selection of alternatives: gay, ethnic and faith-based. Although this is pretty standard now, once in a great while they come up with a combination that amuses me. Their egos assume I lack a content interest when I only lack an interest in advertisements. Or perhaps they consider it being thorough…no stone unturned.
One time I mentioned as much when I was getting Kotex adverts from multiple sources one evening. Note that this latter ad set appear to be generated by Google. I am not always able to tell where the initial data comes from. For instance, my being single is widely known since it seems a constant question on every sites sign up forms. Of course, my being male is widely known as well through the same source. Although I might use a gender role, I am (in fact) male. Minimal data cross-correlation would bear this out. Yet for some reason, I get ads for high heels (lately) and kotex. Perhaps I could buy the high heels for a friend or perhaps I could take up cross dressing. I suspect it has more to do with an inability to use the quantity of data in an effective manner.
Where this leads is to privacy. Currently there is so much data and so much of it is partial that the analysts (or analyst programs) have not quite figured out what to do with it all. In many cases, they key off a single key word or phrase (really a fragment) and assume from that point. This leads to the tired old saw: ass-u-me. etc. So Instead of a privacy issue, we have a rumor mill. Companies that buy this data about possible employees are fed a bunch of assumptions…rumors. Anyone using this available data is sad. If ones premise is false, anything that follows is meaningless. Socrates knew it (so says Plato). De Morgan knew it (implication). Advertisers appear oblivious and prefer the shotgun approach.
If I view a product online it is either to buy it right then or look at its specs and price. Showing me the same product or service an hour later is not effective. I already own it. It is doubtful that the specs changed in the last hour. It is not likely the price changed. If an hour ago it did not have the right specs or price, then it still does not.
Primarily my interest in facebook, since they decided to boot me off that second time (I am either at three or four now) was in promoting Indie Music. 90% of that promotion was for others and not for Higher Than Pope. Note that I promote others because I want to support others. I do not get paid for promotion. I do it because I like the music or because I like the artistic temperament or because I think it is important. That also may have rankled the great wizard behind the curtain. I am not getting paid to do it so there is no way I am going to pay to do it. I do not have enough money to pay for ads. I saw a message some months back that disappeared before I could read much of it but I think Facebook were telling me that they might kick me off if I used my account to advertise. I never saw it again so I still have no idea if that was what it said. It appeared at the top of my page briefly as if it were a mouse over, then it was gone. But is liking a band or a song an advert? Or a statement about my interests and taste? I wasn’t asking anyone to buy anything.
The corollary to a lot of this is that I will also fall off sites that require a FB ID and or membership. I may fall off suddenly as these sites require me to login again or revalidate my Facebook ID. Currently I am in the middle of trying to promote three friends on artistsignal.com (http://artistsignal.com/joegande http://artistsignal.com/bobfindlay http://artistsignal.com/merryellenkirk) and they use an FB ID to login. I do not even know if I can log into that site without a FB ID. So I may suddenly have no more access to it. So I apologize in advance if that happens.