You might wonder why I picked this topic? Well, let me explain. When I first joined Facebook and created an account, I made my personal information available to all my friends. That included my birthday, as well.  A couple of years later, after I had replied to hundreds of birthday wishes, I decided not to share that piece of information anymore. Only Facebook, a few close friends, and myself knew when my birthday was. When I started playing poker, I was all of a sudden getting a lot of poker related advertising on Facebook: poker courses, poker T-shirts, etc. To tell you the truth, I almost ended up buying a T-shirt that said: “Never Underestimate A Man Who Plays Poker And Was Born In October” due to the unbelievable coincidence of having come across it.

 

 

Last year, I started doing a PhD in sociology on perspectives on hair and masculinity in Japan. All of a sudden, I was getting hair transplant ads every time I logged into my Facebook account. A couple of weeks later,  Aderans, the most popular wigmaker in the world, was trying to sell its products on my page. When I bought my first cryptocurrency coins, the ICO ads arrived and I kept getting them on my News Feed  on a daily basis. By that time, I’d already suspected that Facebook had failed in protecting our privacy. On the contrary, rather than being protected, we were being sold to other businesses. 

Today, right as I was about to start working on a different article, I noticed on Facebook this cool T-shirt that said: “October 1979: 40 Years of Being Awesome. Please excuse my language, but that was the fly on top of the proverbial pile of shit. They were 100% right. That T-shirt was perfect for me. In fact, had I seen it on the street, I would have bought it. Yes, I was born in October 1979 and yes, I’m turning 40. How on Earth did this platform turn me into a product though? My private information was being harvested and sold. My privacy had become a tiny drop in Facebook’s private sea and I was nothing but a fish swimming in it while everyone was watching all my moves. I felt angry and used. 

What will the future bring? I believe that platforms like Facebook will have to respect their users and adapt to their needs, or they will disappear and be replaced by new social networks. This is where young projects like Trybe come in, well prepared and ready  to take over.  The idea of tokenizing data and offering rewards to a platform’s users is revolutionary. Will Facebook be able to keep up with these up and coming revolutionary projects, or will it be swallowed by innovation? Only the future can tell. In the meanwhile, you’ll see less of me on Facebook and more of me on Trybe!

 


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  1. James Diegel

    Couldn’t relate or agree more mate. I think that you hit the nail on the head – not just with facebook – but with a whole plethora of projects whose dominance will be challenged by the up and coming decentralized cryptoverse. Personally, these days I rarely make my way over to centralized sites much anymore… provide the education for the perils of the present & the means for a better future and hopefully the free market will help people recognize that there is a more just way that has earned with their actions our support through fair transparency. Great post AD, keep ’em coming 🙂

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    1. AD Post author

      Thanks, James.
      Will keep them coming for sure, cheers.
      Facebook was just an example, but as you were saying, that’s just one of them.
      Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Candy Man

    Not surprised at all. Selling your private info is their business model 😀 Deleting FB a few years back was is something I never regret. I only have a fake profile now just for using messenger because it’s my boss preferred method of communication :/

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  3. Rezoanul Vibes

    Nothing is free in this world. You use Facebook for free. Facebook makes you a product. Now I don’t sign in Facebook very often.

    When you realize that your private information is not private when you put that on FB regardless of your privacy setting, that’s sad. We know what is going on behind the scene.

    The sooner everyone realizes that, they all move to decentralized platforms like Trybe.

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  4. Mosun Omotunde

    Fantastic article @niramiai. Honestly, you have said it all. The lack of privacy is appalling to say the least. I stopped being active on face book since 2017. It’s better and more honorable out here! Thanks for visiting my blog. Rated and recommended this amazing post of yours. Cheers

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  5. CryptosDecrypted

    Relate – drives me up the wall though I avoid Facebook – I still find myself stalked by all manner of ‘targetted advertising. As an aside, my first masters was in Sociology. Good luck with the PhD. @niramiai. I also lived in Japan for 3 years many moons ago…sociologists paradise. At this point, I strive to reject all noticeable branding – Nike etc. though with limited success.

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