Facebook, Forgery

Why not just let the world’s largest social network go ahead and automatically publish posts using your name, and stick those posts on your friends’ Newsfeeds?

No need to answer, on account of Facebook is already providing you with this automated convenience, ZDNet’s Ed Bott reports. Posts from pages you “like,” now show up in Newsfeeds, as if you posted them yourself.

For a fake illustration, say at some point I “like” a Flock of Seagulls fan page — you know, just to be ironic and amuse my fellow Gen-Xers on Facebook (you know how we do). Then that Flock of Seagulls page posts a story about a Flock of Seagulls comeback album. That post shows up in the Newsfeeds of my Gen-X Facebook friends, with my name on the top, as if I posted it there myself. That could be really embarrassing — if I cared. (Being a Gen-Xer, I wouldn’t, but you get the point.)

If it wasn’t the primary way I communicate with a lot of people I’d rather not stop communicating with, I’d ditch this piece of shit right now.

2 thoughts on “Facebook, Forgery

  1. platosearwax

    If it wasn’t the primary way I communicate with a lot of people I’d rather not stop communicating with, I’d ditch this piece of shit right now.

    I could have totally written that. Facebook is how I keep in contact with family and friends in the States. Honestly, I wish everyone would switch to Google+ as it is a much better interface but right now it is a ghost town.

  2. Jewish Steel

    Precisely the reason I went through my ‘likes’ last night and edited them down to basically bands that I know personally.

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