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Recently Facebook announced a few new changes in the world of their social empire. They presented the changes in a new bulletin as you log in as a letter from the great Mark Zuckerberg, founder and creator of Facebook. Granted the new changes come as a early Christmas gift with changes like eliminating the old method of “networks” and allowing people to only allow user to control content to be displayed to friends, friends of friends or everyone. Also in the plans of change is the ability control who sees individual pieces of content – No more worrying about your mother or boss finding the latest pictures of you drunk and hanging out of your friend’s car trying to high-five stop signs.

Granted these changes sounds like good ideas, but I doubt that Zuckerberg actually wrote the letter. It opens with a brief history of Facebook and its recent accomplishments in a vernacular so far outside of Zuckerberg’s. Does anyone remember seeing him speak at the Web 2.0 Summit or at the last SXSW interview? This letter doesn’t sound anything like him! The awkward internet dweed seen in those videos cannot not have possibly written this letter. It sounds more like the work of a English Major intern. Take it from someone who has had a professional letters edited by genius, English Lit ex-girlfriends.

The point I’m trying to make is what happened to the openness and RAW-ness of social media and blogging? Where are the typos and semi-formal phrases? Most of all… Why can’t Mark Zuckerberg write his own damn letters??? The fact that this perfectly written letter is presented as the words of Zuckerberg himself spits in the face of the basic values and principals of Faceboook.


PS: Check your privacy settings on FACEBOOK.