Today I had my Facebook account disabled after testing various adcopies. This problem would not even have arisen if their ad review team wasn’t so stupid. Advertisers try to obtain the highest CTR possible, invariably resulting ads that test the limits. I suppose I tested one too many times, and Facebook threw a fit and disabled my account.
I really wouldn’t care about this at all if nobody else used Facebook. Choosing to use Facebook is not akin to buying a car or choosing a browser. If I don’t like Hummers because they get 1 MPG, I don’t have to drive one. I can drive a nice Aptera 2e. If I hate that IE crashes endlessly, I can use Opera. Facebook is inherently different in that it is a social networking tool, and its utility rises with user adoption. When everybody uses the damn thing, one is forced to use it or be relegated to the dark ages.
Even when I clear away the fog of irritation that clouds my thoughts, Facebook never was that great. One dandy day back in the day I was bombarded with three emails inviting me to sign up for Facebook, and I did. There wasn’t much to write home about. You create a profile and are expected to put personal details on it. Then you are expected to talk about things. Something about uploading a bunch of personal photos on a public website that I did not own never struck me as a good idea even with privacy settings. Luckily, I never uploaded anything.
So what are the options?
- Attempt to recover account with the support team.
- Create a social networking website that will be open source. It’ll be like Facebook with WordPress freedoms. Anybody can host it or have it hosted on this aforementioned concept. What about the detailed privacy settings? I imagine some sort of verification system with a password in a config file should work.
On a separate note, somebody recommended that I create a Dr. Dre Pandora station. This turned out to be a brilliant recommendation, as Li’l Wayne on Pandora yielded the worst rap has to offer.