Reasons why I don’t have Facebook

Facebook has over 900 million users [1] – I am not one of them! This is why:

Facebook: not the only method

I hear so many people asking one another to poke me, Facebook me and I have to say that I do not have a Facebook account. Sometimes I get a really shocked face, other times I get a really positive reaction, for example, some say that I must not be easily influenced by other people and things.

My traditional methods of communication help me stay in touch with my brilliant family, and close friends. I text, I email and I call people; although I am a texter at heart.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected [2]

I am a student (at University) of ICT – I embrace openness, connectivity, sharibility, freedom etc. But I do not believe in sharing my personal life with a company, namely Facebook. Did you know that your information, your life, your wall is being used for personalised marketing? I haven’t actually saw a Facebook wall, I haven’t even asked a relative (or friend) to log in, so I could see, in detail what these walls look like. I don’t intend to either.

Your life = Facebook gain

Facebook probably know when everybody gets paid, they can (probably) predict what you are going to do next summer. Did you ever go on a holiday and say you’d go back? Did you post that on Facebook? If so, they know you! They know just as much about you as your friends, and they don’t even know you!

Advertising is a massive industry. It is used everywhere, we even use it – our CV’s (or resume) is our own marketing tool for employers. Facebook abuse this power, claiming that it’s them being open. Now that’s one accurate mission statement!

Facebook’s power of knowledge

Facebook is now getting really clever, they are starting to use their content to predict and produce advertisments to all their users. Your free page is worth millions to Facebook – that’s why it’s given to you free of charge! They know that user’s will generate content, specific and personal content, they’ll index it, use it and produce it for financial means.

Anti-Facebook, not totally

I am, of course, a human being. So I know how important it is to share your life with those who are really close to you. I know that Facebook is a method of communication, for some, it is the only main method of communication. But all I am trying to get across to you, is to be careful as you embrace and use technology, it has its downfalls. The only piece of advice I can give a Facebooker is to look at your own privacy settings. Search yourself, use Google (another organisation I may let of some steam about on here, in the near future) to search your name, can you see from Google what you have been up to? If you can, so can everyone else on the web – including employers! Yes, your own marketing tool (your CV) can back fire!

In my life I have nothing to hide. So I definitely do not get my anti-Facebooknism to hide an element of who or what I am, but I do have some problems with where, who and what information is used for:

  • pay day – when do you go on a spending spree? Ah, every fourth Wednesday! Quick get X some Y adverts in two weeks time, they’ll buy this if we show them it enough. Better still give them these advertisements at 6pm, they log-in lots of times during this time of day
  • geographic location – did you know that X spends a lot of time writing about Y pub? They post and tag pictures of Z all the time. That’s great, we can pass these details on to see if that celebrity is really there in the photos, or better still, we need to turn our openness into criminal touts – we’ll pass your information onto third parties
  • hacking – with all this content, why don’t X hack Facebook to gain access to all this valuable information? Oh wait, I don’t want Faceleaks – what if my information gets into criminal hands, the wrong hands to prove that Facebook are not for connection and openness? Too late, I’m a regular user, I don’t think of these things! Look at J Assange and Wikileaks – he got (with help) lots of important, authoritive government data! Perhaps to ensure the world knew that he actually got the data.

I think you now know that I will not be signing up to Facebook anytime soon?! Share safe online, be safe online by knowing what you have to do as the user of technology – it is a big, big scary world, at times, but it’s often a fantastic world.

References

  1. http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22
  2. http://www.facebook.com/facebook/info
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Getting the right job, just right

Post 53:

So you want to get a job? Good, just make sure it’s right.

First and foremost, I need to point out (to those who don’t already know) that I am a full-time student. However, I have had several jobs in the past being a mature student. Having said that, I want to share with you some of the things I have learnt (over the past years) whilst getting a job along the way!

Visualise, picture & dream

Whenever looking up jobs online, in a newspaper, or using another medium, think to yourself: is this the right job within this company? The reason I say this is because so many people (I am mainly refferring to unemployed students) look at the job title, and specification without giving much thought as to who the company is, and what it stands for. After all, the company could be your place of work.

Two very important elements if you get the job. Why? See below:

  • If you get a good position in a company you can’t stand, the chances of you phoning in sick would increase tenfold. What about that absence record whenever you feel it’s time to move on?
  • If you get the right company, your work will be better. In fact, it will often reach your potential. It really is mindblown how much you can do whenever you’re in the right mindset – happiness improves things

We all have dreams, that is only natural; however, these dreams need examined in a logical manner. We need to think, not of the possibilities of being ‘successful’ but being in the right place for you!

Organisational culture

Everywhere you look there’s culture. This includes buildings you get paid to be in: your place of work. It also means that office politics varies from company to company, rather than jobs! For example, a lawyer could be more at ease with him/herself if the organisation is right for them, after all, the title ‘solicitor’ is still the same for BBC and CNN, but BBC could have a different approach to law, compared to CNN, as an example.

Global VS Regional VS local

Our dreams often program our mindset to think of the biggest firms within our industry. However, in reality we really need to think about our other commitments, as well as an important factor – our own culture

While you may have grown up thinking of a place of work since you were a young child, it is a really good skill to analyse your own way of life. For example, why fall in love with your childhood dream of an organisation which would require a increased workload? That is, sometimes these global companies offer higher salaries to ensure their employees work more.

But I’ve a family now. I like relaxing on a Wednesday evening with my Mum

The point I’m trying to make, is that, whenever you were thinking of that company as a child, you were in a different position. You are better getting a job in a company you can literally picture yourself working for. Chances are, your culture and way of life is less likely to change as quickly as you want it to.

So, what are you saying?

Getting a job in an organisation isn’t easy, but finding an organisation and being happy in it is easier if you get the right organisation. You could be a teacher and pick a massive school, you could also be a better teacher by picking a more rural, smaller school. You could be a manager of ICT software in a global company, but find yourself having to adapt your personal life too quickly in such a short period of time, you could forget that your normal (social) activities you used to do kept you sane. You could choose a different company which also specialises in other areas, like software usability, accessibility and production of discs (to keep this in line of the example) as well as other ‘hardware.’ You could be in a high street fashion business, but find that you aren’t getting as much of a buzz. You could set-up a partnership with someone, visualizing your very own dream, not that structured one your old employer wants you to stick to.

I am also saying that we, as human beings, are very much ‘stuck’ in our ways. Why push your cultured, already built self too much, for something you could do somewhere else. This is embraceing what you have, love and are brillant at. Your dreams haven’t been unaccomplished, you have made them fully accomplished because you realise yourself by deploying your skills in the same area, just not in the place you once thought, a few years ago.

The point is, like human beings, organisational culture changes from company to company, just like behaviour changes from person to person.

Thanks for letting me make this blog a little more random by posting a ‘business’ themed post on here!

Post 53, over and out

(14) eLearning or money?

Post 14:

In the UK all children must be educated. Most young learners (today) stay on to complete their GCSEs then proceed to study A-Level’s. With the recent reports (including previous posts on this Blog) of the rising costs of tuition fees, it makes one think “will there be as many people going to go to University?”

Of course, the Open University announced plans to rival ‘real’ Universities, they are going to charge slightly lower fees than those on UCAS. In theory, the Open University is “distant learning.” What about other forms of learning, credited courses? Take the example of an online, elearning website. This site offers potential students’ to study business alongside ICT. Has technology gone too far at giving qualifications (in the form of certificates etc) to anyone, anywhere?

Whilst the internet does not have complete control over its content, is learning a subject/area which needs to be looked after? I.e., can we keep control over how good a qualification is, or should elearning be banned completely?

Post 14, over and out.