I’ve spent many months taking up the suggestions of Facebook Administrators and building up networks for my various present and future planned business enterprises and employment networks. I acquired many networks specific to my particular areas of interest and activity and started Facebook Pages, Causes and started up a few Groups. All this was in the name of securing my financial future and its networks.
For well over a decade now I have periodically earned money and worked on the internet at various sites.
My many months of working in order to help set up some security for my future disappeared in an instant; all at the whim of some anonymous ‘facebook bot’. Yes – ‘facebook bots’ can, and (often) do do such things.
If you have read my previous articles talking about ‘The Arrogant Internet'(right click here) and another recently written article called ‘Things I don’t like about Facebook’ (right click here) you will see that I am having a serious beef with Facebook right at the moment.
I’ve decided not to initiate any legal action against them until I have completed some research I am currently doing about Facebook which will be published here in an article that, most likely will be called something like ‘The Dodgy History of Facebook’ and I’ve already had some interest from the media regarding ‘my case’.
I’m sure many of you may now be wondering why I just don’t run away and forget all about Facebook. From feedback I’ve had my articles have persuaded a few people to either abandon or just not bother to join Facebook.
But – I like Facebook!!
Well let’s rephrase that and say that I like much about the platform provided by Facebook. And I want my profile and all it’s valuable contents back.
I’ve followed the instructions provided by the site in using emailing protocols but I find that, almost a fortnight after their ‘facebook bot’ disabled me I still have had no response to my investigative email.
Like I said in my previous article about ‘the arrogant internet’ site platform developers appear to have extremely little desire in employing real people to investigate the problems beyond the realm of their FAQ’s that the real people who use their sites can and do encounter.
Those nowhere realms beyond the scope of FAQ’s is an issue I have been long aware of and I was happy when Ebay introduced a ‘live chat’ option to help their customers. However I was unhappy with their service and duly explained why in the survey I was asked to complete after my attempt to resolve my issue with the help of their ‘live chat’. Their ‘live chat’ service seemed to be staffed by people taught to recite and mimic Ebay’s FAQ in parrot style fashion. Sure they well seemed to be familiar with all the problems and solutions offered by the FAQ but if I had managed to find the solution to my particular problem via FAQ trawling then I would not have needed ‘live help’.
It just so ‘gets me’ that these site platform developers are so arrogant in their choosing to almost completely ignore and then insulate themselves against ‘real people’ that managing to get an email response when requesting help is nigh on impossible.
Now all of the Groups, Pages, Causes and Networks I set up on my Facebook Profile have become completely inaccessible to me. I even had paid work waiting for me in my email inbox. All of the Groups etc now have ‘no admins left’.
If you are considering taking the advice of Facebook and setting up for yourself some networks, pages, groups etc to boost your business then let me offer to you the carefully considered following advice;
Keep an offsite record of all your friends, along with their email addresses. This will help you if you need to re-establish your networks in the future. Or perhaps have a ‘duplicate shadow’ kind of profile set up that you can use if one of the ‘facebook bots’ has a ‘hissy fit’ directed at you.
Disable all notifications in this ‘shadow’ profile so you are not receiving a volume of unwanted mail.
When you do form Groups, Pages and Causes make sure you appoint at least two or three trusted friends or family as co-admins. If you initiate and write up any notes or start discussion threads within the Groups etc always keep hard copies so they can be reinstated by co-admins if the aforementioned ‘bot throws you a hissy fit’. Of course if you do take up the option of having a ‘shadow’ profile always be sure to make certain that your shadow is also a co-admin in your groups etc.
Any emails sent via the Facebook platform that contain useful information should also be stored offsite. If I had taken my advice given above I would have minimized the damage done to me by that aforementioned ‘faceless facebook booting bot’.
That Facebook tells you that you can only have one facebook account is yet another issue and I see this ruling as an invasion of my privacy.
Many of my friends do not use their birth given names on the internet. Indeed in my case the only place I ever use information such as my birth given name and/or my current address is when I am in an ‘internet room’ whose internet address starts with ‘https’ and that also has a little ‘lock’ icon on the task bar. There is just no way that I, as a very seasoned internet traveler would divulge such information indiscriminately. .
My internet name, Jaahda Jinnah has a fairy high internet profile. If you punch it into google you will come up with many entries. I have been using this name for well over a decade now and it is my ‘real name’ just as much as is my birth given name. It actually is my ‘tribal name’.
There are many reasons I do not believe that sites such as Facebook should say that you can only use one name (your birth given name) and one other reason is that many people ‘do not believe in mixing business with pleasure’. This issue is explored in more depth in my article called “Things I Do Not Like About Facebook” (right click here).
Indeed I have an alternate Facebook profile where all the friends there are people I have actually met in ‘real life’ and who may sometimes attend family functions.
Later on today I am going to once more send an email to Facebook in the hope that it may escape the ‘bots’ and be seen and read by a real person with a real conscience in an effort to get my Jaahda Jinnah profile re-instated. It would take me weeks to reconstruct that profile from the ground up, so to speak. I plan to send the email en-masse to a bunch of facebook executives whose email addresses I have managed to procure.