Purpose of Facebook

Recently, I’ve heard a lot about how Facebook.com is disingenuous. As in, people post all the wonderful things in their life, and everyone is jealous of everyone else while meanwhile each person has their own set of problems not displayed on their public profile. I argue that this observation is as plain as the prodigious proboscis on my face.

Consider for a moment what the purpose of Facebook is. The first step is to dispel the likely misconception that Facebook is for communication. Email, Skype, Facetime, instant messaging, PMs, texting, phones, and actual faces are for communication. Facebook messaging system has all these features covered, but it is not *for* communication.

Facebook is for creating a public profile, a set of data about yourself to be seen by everyone. It’s kinda like a face, on the internet; when someone walks out into the internet streets, your facebook profile is what they see.

A sidenote: Understanding that the purpose of Facebook is giving away information, please be aware of who is receiving this information. Money is made by selling your information to advertisers. Unless you have kept up to date on the privacy policy and know otherwise, assume that anyone working for an ad agency can read every post on Facebook regardless of privacy settings.

Let’s get back to the main point. Facebook is a public representation of yourself much like your physical appearance is in real life. Posting incriminating, embarrassing, or completely mundane information is the equivalent of bad hygiene in public, or its like telling someone all the details of your medical condition when someone politely asks “How are you?”

Expect people to reveal a rosy rendition of average events. It’s what they’re supposed to do. If the problem is a lack of negative information, the solution is concrete communication instead of stalking.

— March 2, 2016

5 thoughts on “Purpose of Facebook

  1. So you’re saying that nobody should ever publish negative information on facebook?

    • No, of course not. In real life, sometimes it is appropriate to wear sackcloth and ashes, or all black attire to show that you are in mourning. It is, however, rarely appropriate to shout out for all the neighbors to hear “I hate my life.”

  2. Your title is terrible. “Purpose of Facebook”?? Nobodys going to click on that. It needs to be more sensational, something like “3 things I bet you didn’t know about facebook.” Stop worrying about the absolute truth value of the title, and make it click-able.

    • Good point. I’ll change the title immediately.
      Edit: Changed my mind. What’s done is done, but I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

      • The name change needs to include “When I read the last point my life was changed forever.”

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