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Written on May 12th, 2011 by | 14 Comments

Facebook Smeargate: More Than Ever Now It’s Time To Get A ‘Real’ Blog

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Facebook Smeargate: More Than Ever Now It’s Time To Get A ‘Real’ Blog

Unless you live on an iceberg at the Antarctic you must have heard by now about the Facebook “Smeargate” scandal.

Just to refresh your memory: The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google.

Apparently somebody at Facebook had hired Burson-Marsteller (a public-relations firm) to spread anti-Google stories to news outlets urging them to write that Google was invading users’ privacy. Burson even offered to help a blogger to write a Google-bashing post and put it in the Washington Post, Politico, and Huffington Post.

You can read more of the gory details at the Daily Beast, USA Today, Business Insider, TechCrunch et al…

And remember, it was only yesterday that it was reported Facebook had ‘leaked’ millions of profiles. Shall I go on? We’ve heard all this before, haven’t we. (Rhetorical).

Rather than get into a pissing match and curate content that’s already out there, I leave you with this comment:

Facebook Smeargate

Isn’t it about time we woke up to the fact that (umm) Facebook is run by someone who is (shall we say) morally challenged, and maybe (just maybe) it’s time that we dump Facebook and get a REAL Blog (like BLOGBloke has been saying all along)?

It should be obvious by now that a “FREE” Facebook account isn’t really free at all … i.e. at the cost of your privacy and moral fibre.

Grab your friends and take them over to your REAL blog. Make it private if you want to. Just do it.

UPDATE: After writing this article this blog suffered a massive DDoS attack. Just a coincidence … right?

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  1. With so many great free blogging platforms out there I don’t see why more people don’t have their own blogs. I gave up facebook about a year ago and haven’t missed it at all.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:14 am said...

    @MC, if only 600 million more people thought like you.

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  2. Well said Bloke.

    Enough of “wall messaging” and silly commentator :(
    To preserve your opinion blog it friends :)

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:15 pm said...

    @Saravanakumar, Pink Floyd said it best — “Tear Down The Wall”.

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  3. A follower of this site .. a great deal of your articles have truly helped me out. Looking forward to updates!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:22 pm said...

    @Bettina, glad it helped!

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  4. Super blog post, I am browsing back to look for updates.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:23 pm said...

    @Rotraud, thanks for dropping by.

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  10. So true: In a week Facebook's crimes and misdemeanors will be forgotten. Reap the whirlwind suckers http://bit.ly/kfuqo9

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