This Deal Stinks

This is a message to everyone on Facebook. If you have the sudden urge to throw poop at your friends’ facebook walls, you might want to think about whether it’s worth it.

Here’s how the poop throw works. It’s apparently part of this thing called Food Fight. In Food Fight, you pay virtual dollars to fling food at people’s Facebook walls. How do you get those virtual dollars? You provide them with personal information. Now, guess what they do with that personal information. If you guessed give it out to advertising companies so they can very carefully target ads at *you*, and do who knows what else, you win a prize.

I can hear you now. “Where’s the poop?” you say. You need a hell of a lot more virtual dollars to be able to throw a big ol’ chunk o dung at Buddy Joe. So, that means giving up more personal information, and perhaps information about Joe who receives the splat bomb.

Here’s where I start to get scared. People are doing it! People are willingly handing over mass amounts of private information just so they can fling fake feces. Honestly, folks, does sacrificing personal data for a virtual shit-fling seem like a fair trade? I certainly don’t think so.

Fools, all of them. But the advertisers just think it’s wonderful. While Seth Goldstein, the one who created this monster, says the thought of what his own creation is capable of makes him cringe, he still lets it continue and says it’s by the people for the people. I don’t think it makes him cringe too much. It’s amazing what money can do.

I hope no one who took part in this launching of Lincoln logs wonders why their personal information ends up who knows where and they get spam messages with their private details in them. They brought this on themselves just so they could be juvenile for one fleeting moment. Smart move. Real smart.

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