He said I have a defeatist attitude and told me that I disappointed him. I won’t lie and say I am sorry he feels that way because I see no reason to be sorry for having an idea that contradicts his.
You can call me what you will but I see no reason to believe that a petition is going to make Mark Zuckerberg and company change how Facebook works.
The source of distress here is tied into the changes Facebook has made in their news feed algorithm and the impact it has upon the status updates that businesses place on their pages.
There are people out there who are angry because they believe the change happened because Facebook is trying to force businesses to purchase advertising or risk not having their messaging seen by those who have liked the page.
Facebook Is The 800 Pound Gorilla
I didn’t sign because right now Facebook is the proverbial 800 pound gorilla that can do whatever it wants. I haven’t seen much if anything in their history that suggests a petition to change their businesses practices will work.
But I also didn’t sign because I have never placed all my eggs in the Facebook basket. I don’t own the Joshua Wilner page because Facebook owns it.
That is no different than any one else or any other business and it is why I have always encouraged people/businesses/clients to use it as part of a cyberspace outpost and not as your hub.
If you don’t own the site you are at risk of losing data and hard work. Facebook can shut you down without warning for violating their Terms of Service and there is no guarantee you’ll be reinstated.
That doesn’t mean it will happen or that it won’t. It is similar to why you purchase certain kinds of insurance.
You are not buying it because you expect to be in a car accident, natural disaster or robbed. You buy insurance so that if it does happen you are protected against loss.
In the online world we protect ourselves by creating a self hosted website and by funneling the data from those online outposts to our websites.
Facebook Doesn’t Owe You Anything
You can argue that the users are customers and that the customer is always right. You can say that without us Facebook wouldn’t have a product to sell and that this is why we have leverage.
Except leverage only works when the other side recognizes that you have some and I don’t see it here. Unless you can demonstrate how this has a negative impact on Facebook’s bottom line they aren’t going to change.
You’ll have to demonstrate how very large groups of people are no longer using it and thus far I have yet to see a petition that spells out how they can prove the negative impact.
We like to think Facebook owes us something and think that because we use their services on a regular basis we should be given something but that is not how it works.
Facebook is a free service and when you pay choose to use a free service you accept certain conditions such as changes to algorithms and or policies that you might not appreciate or approve of.