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Thursday, June 30, 2016

HEY Facebook, Enough With Your Passive Aggressive Terms of Service!!



Today I log into my Facebook account to find that, once again, I’m restricted from joining or posting in groups, and instead of the typical three day suspension, they are bending me over for eight days! It wouldn’t be such a big deal, except, my strategy for an Amazon giveaway I started yesterday, is heavily reliant on Facebook groups. So, yeah, thanks a lot to the douche bag who likely caused all of this because they couldn’t just delete my post and message me, or even block me. Yeah, I read your rules when I signed up and don’t add groups to my plan that don’t allow promos. I try to follow the rules, but Facebook keeps changing the lines!



Look, I know you’re trying to rule the world and all that and make a profit while doing it, and I can respect that. Really, I can. I recognize that your free platform was designed to funnel me into paid  services to make my content spread more readily and that I shouldn’t expect the same results as I might get if I were able to spend $1,000.00 a day, or even a $100, or let’s get real, some days even $10. Yes, I am a starving artist, but I’m not asking for any handouts from you. You offered. You offered to allow me to participate and my only request is this: make up your mind what that means and write it the hell down!

So, I am writing a passive aggressive post to  vent my frustration, which I know you’ll never read, because you didn’t read the first 500 notes I left on your “help” messaging . And no, your stupid link to a vague article describing exactly how vague the whole thing is not helpful, but you already knew that, you wrote the article that way on purpose so I couldn’t claim any expectations, am I right? AGGGGGGH!

Just tell us the freaking rules, already!

The Facebook terms of  service read like a contract with the Devil. If you’ve never read them, it’s pretty much too late for you to claim sovereignty over any of what you’ve added there. It’s all about them. They are using us and most of us know it. We’re not building OUR audience, we are just a very small piece integrating THEIRS. I get that, but I just wish they would tell us what the limits of this free relationship entail. 


  • ·       Tell me, how many groups can I request to join in one 24 hour period, seriously, label that stuff and I’ll follow your rules.

  • ·       Tell me how many times the same post can be shared without it becoming a problem. I’m not talking thousands, or even hundreds of times, either, like a couple dozen in groups larger than some entire Latin American countries!

  • ·       Please, for the love of all that is Holy, provide a warning when your freaking invisible line is on the horizon. I’ll play by the rules, but for Pete’s sake, lay them down!!!

·       It’s not like you’re getting nothing out of this, we know you’re selling our data and I expect something in exchange. Come on, before you rape my privacy, at least dinner first, is that too much to ask?

Other platforms manage to do it!

It’s not that they have rules, restrictions, or limits. I get that. They don’t want me plastering my book flyers on every flat surface in the city, but come on! Facebook acts like that passive aggressive “friend” that has buttons on top of buttons and the only way to know you are going to push one is after it’s happened. But it’s not like there aren’t other platforms out here providing free and premium services. They’re just better at drawing the lines!


  • ·       Most terms of service clearly outline what is and is not acceptable, or better yet, it’s just built into the software! Don’t want me posting 500 times today? Just make 499 my last time and tell me, come back tomorrow! There's no need to lock me out of services, or my whole damn account on a whim. There's really not!

  • ·       Clearly outline what I will get when I engage your paid services! Will I be served up on 1000 profiles, or 10,000, you know, you just won’t tell us.

  • ·       Stop changing the effectiveness of tools to “improve my experience” it’s not about me, it’s about selling more ads. Profiles, then pages, then groups slowly losing reach isn’t about making conversation better. We’re grownups, let us filter our own newsfeed.

·       The frustrating part? Just like that passive aggressive friend that gets in my grill for no good reason, then won’t talk to me the next time, you’re the best game in town, and I hate  myself for helping you make it that way!

It’s getting harder to have a successful “hustle”

Facebook is just one symptom of a societal disease in which cash rules every thing, and that is the real problem. It used to be that a guy with $5 could print up some flyers and if he walked far enough and handed out enough flyers, he could make a thing happen, but more and more all of the entrances to the success highway known as “The American Dream” are all toll roads. It sucks. They are not only sucking us into a never ending cycle of spending, but they are taking our power too. 


  • ·       When everything requires cash, it can all be controlled, filtered, and throttled, demanding more and more to get the same results.

  • ·       Crowd sourcing is the wave of the future and it works on human capital, not cash. Wake up and rejoin the revolution you helped to start.

  • ·       Cutting the hustler off at the knees by asking for his wallet is a dumb move. Those that trade hustle for promotion will make their cash, then become paying customers, but if they have to pay to get in the game, many will never even start.

·       We’re dumbing the conversation down by accepting and using this system. It cannot help but move toward the lowest common denominator. It just happens that way!

So, facebook, I’m not rage quitting, or storming out, I just needed to get this off my chest. Yes, you are a miracle of the modern age, where I can relate to over a billion people from the comfort of my arm chair, or a half billion, or a quarter billion, or whichever part you decide to let me access today. Just please, consider making some real rules so we know what to expect. We will respect them, but this, this is just bullshit.

So, anyway, I'm taking this as sign from the universe that me and Facebook need to see other people, Google + has been calling, guess she didn't leave town after all. If you have a minute, help out a fellow human and share my book. It's free, and it's really great. You might even like it yourself, but my ability to share has been temporarily curtailed. so, I'll take all the help I can get.

JACKED up Amazon link :  http://amzn.to/294DYs0   Thanks!

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