This article is a good recap of the recent Facebook findings (health apps sharing personal data with it, exploiting the phone number asked for two-factor authentication etc.), along the hypothesis of Facebook becoming what WeChat is in China. Scary but possible.
Last summer I discovered Openbook.social on Kickstarter and I decided to backe it. I stopped using FaceBook long ago, as most of my friends. I was bothered by the constant notifications to others about anything I did, any comment I made, on photos or communities. Ok being social, but this is too much. OpenBook also has a different business model, not based on exploiting personal information, but paying for optional Premium services. Its source code is also open. I hope dearly it succeeds.
I’m not a big user of social networks in general. The problem seems to be that in all social networks, sooner or later, everything is going to be exploited for revenue or other interests. People will not post quality content because in the end it doesn’t matter, there will always be someone who will “engage” in the content. You lose honesty and truthfulness searching for likes and comments, and in the end what is left is just noise and manipulation. Facebook is the perfect example of this, but in recent years LinkedIn has become the same. Boring or useless articles, trite thoughts which sound smart but are just ordinary, shallow quotes like in the worst motivational posters of the 80s. I kind of think less of people who do this, but what surprises me is that this must work for them, one way or the other.