Remember the time when Facebook was just a simple website where you can virtually meet with your friends, catch up, upload some photos, update your status, and then move on with your life? It’s gone now, and all that remains is a bit of dust that reminds us of the good ol’ days. Now Facebook is getting crazier by the day.
In its latest attempt of “innovation”, Facebook decided to put an Ask button on everyone’s page, which, upon clicking, promptly then asks you to “Let (your friend) know why you're asking for (his/her) relationship status”. To be fair, this button is not really intended solely for the relationship status bit. You can also ask someone about their work, education, family, birthday, birthplace, and current residence info. No, it’s not good for stalkers, at all.
If somebody, by chance, asked you about certain personal info, you can of course opt to ignore it, answer it, or answer it then update your profile. I just have few problems with this. If I wanted to update my profile to include that particular info, I would have done so before. Second, what’s the purpose of the chat box, anyone?
Of course, clicking the button will let you skip over the odd self-introductions and small talk. Why not just go directly to the point? Life is too short for a quick “nod” at the chat box and asking for the information politely. Now you can go straight to the point and ask your crush if s/he is currently available for mating.
But the buttons are not intended for strangers. Not at all. They’re intended for friends who are concerned a little too much why you haven’t taken the time to update your profile. Or possibly your stalker from the eighth grade that wants to drop by on you anytime, anywhere.
It’s also not intended for advertisers to market their products directly on people. Because the Ask button is clickable for anybody, advertisers cannot possibly ask for your info to sell a product or service to you. That’s entirely preposterous.
This incident reminds us of previous Facebook “innovations” that have struck the wrong chord in people. Case in point: that little box on the upper right corner of your page where you can see every single updates on your friends’ activities. Thanks to the box, you could know who lost a game at Poker or lost an animal at Farmville.
Let us not forget how addicted game players can invite you and tons of other unfortunate friends to join them into the obsession with online gaming. Seriously, how many invites to play Candy Crush do people have to ignore before their Facebook friends get the point that they will never play it?
Facebook can do all of us a favor and take down these annoying features and just let us do what we love to do: post “selfies” of us being perfectly happy in a funeral and wait for how many likes we get.