If you are at all like me (well, what are the chances of that? And I wouldn’t wish that on anybody, anyway) then you have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.
It all started years ago when I was still using Myspace, which I was totally happy with. But then Facebook came along and ruined everything. Myspace was nearly perfect as far as I was concerned. It was fun, simple and easy to use. In fact Myspace even allowed you to post your own blogs so I wouldn’t need this site. But Facebook gave people more options, options that in my opinion were not needed. But it was new and everyone was switching to Facebook. So. Then Myspace overreacted and tried to be more like Facebook and just ruined that site in the process. I still miss the original Myspace to this day.
In fairness, Facebook was not that bad in the beginning but like every other site on the web they kept trying to improve it. And by “improve” I mean ruin it by making it more and more complicated. They gave us the “imoji”. Soon came the “GIFS”. Why does everything have to be conveyed via gifs ? I’m still not entirely sure what a “GIF” is! Then they started adding more and more advertisements. Next ….POLITICS !!!! Now I have strong political views but I don’t have to constantly be reminding everyone what they are. I’m not going to change your views and you are not going to change mine! PLEASE make them go away.
But the latest traits are the ones that really annoy me. Now they have to tease us. They have these new posts that lure you in with headlines like “your favorite TV and movie stars, what do they look like now?”. Or. “Here are the 25 …..what-evers….. that you should buy but can’t afford”. You know the posts that I’m talking about. If the post has the words best ever, worst ever, where are they?, what are they?, which would you?, or something similar …. STAY AWAY, because once you are there you are asked to “start the slide show” which means you are likely going to be there for HOURS !!!! And to get you interested in the beginning the first page will probably have at least 4 or 5 “facts” about the topic. But then the next pages will have only 2 facts, then one fact and it takes for ever to get to the final fact which is nothing you didn’t already know or hadn’t seen before you were lured into the stupid post in the first place !!!
And the real purpose of these posts is to bombard you with advertisements. If your internet is anywhere near as slow as mine the pages take forever to load. And then just as you are about to click on the “NEXT PAGE” arrow, the page shifts and you end up clicking onto an advertisement, not the next page arrow !!!! I HATE THESE THINGS !!!
And now the latest “improvement” is advertisements in the middle of videos !!! You know what I mean. You see a post with a video (because they all have to have videos now, another improvement) that catches your interest. So you click on the arrow and your video starts. But after about 10 or 15 seconds the video is interrupted by an advertisement. And in small print it says “your video will resume in 30 seconds” or something like that !!! These things are not serving any purpose other than to make me crazier than I already am !!! Not to the viewer, not to the party posting the video nor to the people posting the advertisements because if you are at all like me, either you exit the video as soon as the ad starts or you don’t even bother to try to view these videos any more !!! I find myself longing for the days when videos had the ads at the beginning and you could skip it after about 5 seconds. How sad is that ?
And now I am left wondering …WHAT NEXT ???? Videos to share with your pets? People already have profiles for their pests so isn’t that just the next logical step? OR How about allowing you to hack other peoples profiles ? That would be fun !!!!
I guess none of this really matters because pretty soon none of us will be able to afford the internet anymore because of the end of Net Neutrality !!!! Oh no !!! That was political !!! Now they’ve even got me doing it !!!!
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