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Facebook: A Virtual Coffeehouse???

Commentary by LeahGrrl () on link by abdullahsaykili@gmail.com (Abdullah SAYKILI), Facebook: A Virtual Coffeehouse???, Feb 28, 2011.

I've had a bad experience with Facebook, which is why I closed my account last year and probably will not open a new one, even with your encouraging and optimistic ideas here. I do wish sometimes I could participate in the CCK group on Facebook, it seems active and engaged and I would like that. Yet it's quite unlikely I'll ever go back, even if it would be good in some ways.

The difference between Facebook and a coffeehouse is that a coffeehouse doesn't constantly bombard you with silly surveys or offensive polls, steal and then sell your information, and then lock the door with you inside. It's extremely hard to actually leave the FB "cafe": last year it took me a week and I'm still not convinced I've done every one of the dozens of steps it takes to eliminate "me" there.

I agree that FB can be an opportunity to connect, but when I weigh the true costs of the free service to me, it's not worth it. I think it's way more dangerous than a moodle-type LMS.

That's just my two cents, though. That and $5 will get you a soy latte. :)

Best,
Leah (Hits Today: 2360 Total: 2360)

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