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Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17566

Facebook is bigger than ever, but some former employees are despairing about its impact on the world. “Most of the early employees I know are totally overwhelmed by what this thing has become,” an early ex-Facebook employee told Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton. Speaking of Facebook’s potential impact on the 2016 election, one employee told Bilton, “I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way.” Those close to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are afraid he’s losing touch with reality, becoming a “modern-day Howard Hughes.”

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Re: TidBITS: Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

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I can’t X out of the damn ad that pops up from Vanity Fair (Safari)

Diane


On Oct 16, 2017, at 2:36 PM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

This article was just published by TidBITS and sent to you at your request.

Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

By Josh Centers 
http://tidbits.com/article/17566

Facebook is bigger than ever, but some former employees are despairing about its impact on the world. “Most of the early employees I know are totally overwhelmed by what this thing has become,” an early ex-Facebook employee told Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton. Speaking of Facebook’s potential impact on the 2016 election, one employee told Bilton, “I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way.” Those close to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are afraid he’s losing touch with reality, becoming a “modern-day Howard Hughes.”

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Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

Alan Forkosh
Thanks to a recommendation from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball page, I’ve begun using the Kill Sticky bookmarklet  from https://alisdair.mcdiarmid.org/kill-sticky-headers/

In addition to killing headers and footers that take away from the informational space on a scree, it also removes eliminates the page elements that produce those pop-ups. I’ve placed it first in my favorites list so that it is always at the upper left corner of  the favorites bar.

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I can’t X out of the damn ad that pops up from Vanity Fair (Safari)

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Re: TidBITS: Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

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Reader Mode is a must

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> On Oct 16, 2017, at 2:44 PM, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I can’t X out of the damn ad that pops up from Vanity Fair (Safari)
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Re: TidBITS: Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

David Ross
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On 10/16/17 1:36 PM, TidBITS Articles wrote:

> “I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the
> early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used
> this way.”
I wonder at times if some of the people at Microsoft in the earlier days
feel the same way about how security was ignored (for all practical
purposes) for years.

David


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Re: Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

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On 16 Oct 2017, at 13:57, Alan Forkosh <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Thanks to a recommendation from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball page, I’ve begun using the Kill Sticky bookmarklet  from https://alisdair.mcdiarmid.org/kill-sticky-headers/

I understand why it was written as a bookmarklet, but I’d much prefer if it loaded automatically and maybe had a menu to disable it on the rare (super rare) occasions you’d want it back.

It really is amazing to me how much work web “designers’ put in to breaking the Web.

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Re: Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

David Ross
On 10/16/17 6:17 PM, @lbutlr wrote:

> It really is amazing to me how much work web “designers’ put in to breaking the Web.

The designers are following orders from marketing. Marketing doesn't
care if the web is broken or not as long as they deliver
clicks/pageviews/eyeballs/whatever according to or better than the plan.


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Re: Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

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> On Oct 16, 2017, at 7:27 PM, David Ross <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> On 10/16/17 6:17 PM, @lbutlr wrote:
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>> It really is amazing to me how much work web “designers’ put in to breaking the Web.
>
> The designers are following orders from marketing. Marketing doesn't care if the web is broken or not as long as they deliver clicks/pageviews/eyeballs/whatever according to or better than the plan.


Marketing needs to realize that’s a quick way to have people completely close their page.

Diane


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Re: Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

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On Oct 16, 2017, at 3:57 PM, Alan Forkosh <[hidden email]> wrote:

Thanks to a recommendation from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball page, I’ve begun using the Kill Sticky bookmarklet  from https://alisdair.mcdiarmid.org/kill-sticky-headers/

In addition to killing headers and footers that take away from the informational space on a scree, it also removes eliminates the page elements that produce those pop-ups. I’ve placed it first in my favorites list so that it is always at the upper left corner of  the favorites bar.

Thanks, I’ll check it out. On the third refresh I was able to read the entire article. It did have an X in the upper right corner but it wouldn’t work.

Diane



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Re: TidBITS: Early Facebook Employees Feeling Regret

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> On Oct 16, 2017, at 4:36 PM, Josh Centers <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Reader Mode is a must

Geez! Thank you! That needs to become a habit

Diane


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Re: Getting rid of Sticky Page Elements

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On Oct 16, 2017, at 18:20, Diane <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Oct 16, 2017, at 3:57 PM, Alan Forkosh <[hidden email]> wrote:

Thanks to a recommendation from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball page, I’ve begun using the Kill Sticky bookmarklet  from https://alisdair.mcdiarmid.org/kill-sticky-headers/

In addition to killing headers and footers that take away from the informational space on a scree, it also removes eliminates the page elements that produce those pop-ups. I’ve placed it first in my favorites list so that it is always at the upper left corner of  the favorites bar.

Thanks, I’ll check it out. On the third refresh I was able to read the entire article. It did have an X in the upper right corner but it wouldn’t work.

That is what I do. Hopefully they see those metrics. 

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