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Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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jack_ryder

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There you go - avoided the rush

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I understand the basis for doing this and, having always guarded my identity by using pseudonyms on message boards and MySpace, I was taken aback by this new openness however...

it has enabled me to get back in touch with people I haven't had any contact with for thirty years and I just don't see an alternative means of enabling this. Not unless some other social networking site becomes equally popular while promising not to give out your information (there is actually a company attempting to do just that. I have their free t-shirt. So far they are completely unknown, with less exposure than Bebo. Not holding my breath)

and, apart from the 'giving out your personal details' bit of course, I love the setup.

it has enabled me to get back in touch with people I haven't had any contact with for thirty years and I just don't see an alternative means of enabling this.

Yes, this is the one great selling point of Facebook. Unfortunately I don't have time to keep up with people I know physically, let alone virtually. I had the uncomfortable suspicion that the Facebook interface (which I can't stand btw - no easy quoting or forwarding of messages for example) made it easy to maintain a series of shallow relationships, but much harder to develop them beyond that.

Mind you, that's probably just me.

I consider myself to be easily available on the net - anyone who wants to find me should be able to find a valid e-mail for me through a web search -but that takes more time and energy then just clicking on a Facebook recommendation and I like to think that time and energy will be returned.

I wouldn't say that Facebook is without value - I'm concerned about the privacy policy and settings changing every month or so, I'm worried that any activity I perform on Facebook (or on the web whilst logged into Facebook) not only passes my information on to marketers, but information about my friends on to marketing companies - the highest bidder basically. That's the purpose behind all those quizzes you do, btw. Try out this facebook quiz from the ACLU (I, of course, can't.)

Facebook is like commercial television - it packages viewers (or users) for companies and it shows the same level of contempt.

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