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Saturday, 17 November 2012 22:41

Facebook gets creepy (well, creepier!) with their couples page


What seemed like a great idea is positively bizarre.

Facebook recently turned on its new couples page feature, permitting those pairs of people who have declared their status to be "in a relationship" and have identified each other as the other party (as it were).

My colleague David Swan wrote about this new feature earlier today and one can only assume from his tone that he thought it was a good thing (aside from the single negative comment at the end, of course!).

According to current settings, the page will override all privacy controls configured by either party and show all posts (by either person) as publicly visible. The page can neither be edited nor deleted.

The vast majority of comments over on the announcement page, are negative (and the few positive comments are of the cheesy kind… and here I paraphrase… "I love my wife/husband/significant other, this is wonderful").

The general tone is considerably more negative; for instance, How can I delete the account Facebook made for me and my boyfriend. We are perfectly capable of "sharing" things ourselves. There's absolutely no need for this couples pages (that neither of us want). Not to mention, it's fucking creepy.

Or how about dear mr sugarmountain

i did not ask for this 'couples' timeline and on inspection all i can say is it's a complete load of rubbish of the worst, most tasteless and intrusive sort. i object to having it foisted on me and i particularly object to the fact that i cannot delete the drivel you have decided to put on it - i have no edit option on my page.

i wonder if you get some kind of a weird kick out of irritating so many of your 'customers' and putting their private lives on show the way you do - i didn't want that poxy timeline either. it's a completely useless thing.

yours most irritatedly

And one final thought: Yet another FB stuff up ... seriously where is your brain??? I didn't ask for a new profile to be set up. My partner and I don't want this page public as all of our privacy settings are set to friends only but it seems that now anyone can search for either of us and even view our info ... well done on the stuff up yet again FB ... at this rate I will be going to Google + all the time and ending this account .... so much for freedom of choice it seems!!!!!!!!

Putting all the immediate negativity to one side, one of the central issues here revolves around the overall laziness of most Facebook users. For those not actually married, it was a really cool thing to do to announce on Facebook "in a relationship" with one's current squeeze. The problem arises when that was 5 years ago and no-one thought to change it!

And now the two of you have a couples page. Good luck explaining that to your current partners.

One final thought… courtesy of another poster to the same page: I dislike it and wouldn't have it no matter what but I did have to break up with my husband today because he is in Law Enforcment.

All one can ask is, "good grief Facebook… did you really think this through?" Which of course is code for "I'm impressed, how many of your advertisers went for this."


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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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