Privacy, Shmivacy: Facebook Is Doomed

Unwanted interactions killing social networking
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2007 10:05 AM CST
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to press and advertising partners at a Facebook announcement in New York, Monday, November 6, 2007. Author and columnist Cory Doctorow suggests that Facebook's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Aggressive new advertising tactics make Facebook look more evil by the day, but don’t worry, InformationWeek columnist Cory Doctorow writes, because it’s doomed anyway. Sure social networks are “pure crack” for some, but sooner or later everyone gets friended by someone they’d rather avoid, and eventually that awkwardness is too much to bear.

"For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there's a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis through the whole seventh grade but now wants to be my buddy," Doctorow writes. Sooner or later, the boss and co-worker requests will overwhelm users, and Facebook will join SixDegrees, Friendster, et al. in irrelevance.