Many of you will have seen the open letter that China Miéville wrote to Facebook (and if not it was first posted here). Deanna has since tweeted that Facebook has finally acted to remove the fake profiles, but China shouldn’t have had to go through all of that trouble, and what hope does someone less famous and less eloquent have?
Personally I detest Facebook. Every time they make a change they manage to make your average used car salesman seem like a paragon of honesty in comparison. Their whole business philosophy appears to be based on tricking people to add things to their profiles and then making it incredibly difficult to get rid of those things. The only reason I have a presence there is that there are lots of people whose interaction with the Internet appears to be only via Facebook. If I want those people to read my blogs and tweets I have to be on Facebook.
However, some words of warning. Firstly, if you want to send me a private message, don’t use Facebook. Use email. My contact details are not hard to find. Facebook may claim that what you are writing will remain private between you and me, but at any time it could end up leaking that information (and it probably claims copyright over it as well).
In addition, if you want to respond to one of my tweets, or comment on a blog post, please be aware that I may only check Facebook once a day or less. You’ll get a much faster response on Twitter, and I’d much rather have blog comments on the blog where they belong.