Response to “The Facebook Suicide Bomb Manifesto”
The article brings up some interesting ideas. When most people use Facebook, including myself, they aren’t actively thinking about how their actions are taken into account by advertising algorithms. For me, frankly I don’t really care whether Facebook or its affiliates use my information to customize advertising - after all, I choose to use their social media platform, which is free - an amazing deal in itself, so it’s not my prerogative to complain. However, I do find it interesting that people have figured out a way to manipulate and exploit those customized algorithms to achieve the opposite end: to confuse, rather than target. I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened, though, as hackers love to take on big corporations.
The method this manifesto suggests is a personal virtual suicide on Facebook. After a quick search, I came across Web 2.0 Suicide Machine (http://suicidemachine.org/) , which will “destroy” your social media sites for you. However, it does not delete or deactivate your account - rather it cuts off all your connections to it (erases friends, photos, wall posts, etc) automatically. Which one would you choose?