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Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life 171

Posted by samzenpus
from the none-of-us-are-as-lame-as-all-of-us dept.
stevegee58 writes "The Washington Post published an interesting article about Facebook's employee #51, Katherine Losse. As an English major from Johns Hopkins, Losse wasn't the typical Facebook employee. But after starting in customer service, she later became Mark Zuckerberg's personal ghostwriter, penning blog posts in his name. The article traces Losse's growing disillusionment with social networking in general and Facebook in particular. After cashing out some FB stock, Losse resigned and moved to a rural West Texas town to get away from technology and focus on writing."
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Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life

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  • Sounds like (Score:4, Funny)

    by Sulphur (1548251) on Sunday August 05, 2012 @05:54PM (#40889183)

    A total Losse for the big Z.

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    Kids, if you're wondering what this "irony" thing is that we oldsters like to talk about...?

  • by Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) on Sunday August 05, 2012 @06:26PM (#40889375)
    An underqualified English major pretending to be a douchebag.
  • Re:Fakebook (Score:5, Funny)

    by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday August 05, 2012 @06:34PM (#40889435)
    Now c'mon. You didn't really expect the big "Z" to enter his own blogs? I mean, I'm not even the big "K" - I'm actually an offshore ghost writer for Kittenman who lives somewhere in South Korea.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05, 2012 @07:54PM (#40889959)

    He did, idiot. That's why he left.

  • by b4dc0d3r (1268512) on Sunday August 05, 2012 @11:33PM (#40891133)

    A difference of opinion. I agree with you, but most people I know do not. They want to be connected.

    They complain when their phone doesn't allow multiple people on a text message, and they have to copy/paste to send the same thing to different people.

    They get together and start talking about that trip they took or that thing they did. When I ask, they ask back, "It was on my facebook, didn't you see the pictures?"

    We evolved as social creatures, which allowed us to come together to form an agrarian society, as I have been told. From the users' perspectives, they are not telling the whole world, they are telling whomever they have friended. That Facebook employees can see the data, let alone analyze and make money off it, isn't even in their sphere of consideration. And when you point it out, there are two responses.

    People either don't get technology, and therefore don't care who sees the mundane details of their lives, or they see it as a free service that provides what they want, in exchange for personal details. The latter group are no different from the people who have loyalty memberships or agree to the new car insurance monitoring devices.

    There are relatively few people in the world who would agree with your statement, despite the disproportionate representation on this particular website. The fact that you have zero replies (not counting the post of someone else's lyrics) and +5 moderation suggests this site's audience is lacking in general sociology education, or has forgotten it.

    A normal human would embrace the opportunity to keep in touch with family and friends who do not live in their subdivision. A modern normal human would appreciate keeping up with someone without having to endure the sometimes stifling social conventions involved in making arrangements to meet to talk in person, or IMO the more stifling conventions of a personal phone call.

    Facebook is the ultimate social outlet, where you can post what's on your mind, and let people respond or ignore as they wish. No wondering if you are boring someone on the other end of the conversation - they can scroll past. No wondering what everyone else is doing, and if you are fitting in - it is almost telepathy, knowing what your friends are into besides what they talk about when you are together. And then seeing a stranger's comment on your friend's post - and realizing you have something in common.

    Again, I agree with you. But I also understand why the 1 billion active users, 1/7 of the world, disagree.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.