Most regular BlaBla readers know of my personal feelings towards Facebook. (If not, read Facebook & I.) The reason behind this new Facebook related post has nothing to do with a renewed sense of urgency to rejoin the Cult of FB. Rather, I hope to highlight why so many of my concerns over the hold and influence that FB has over people are becoming clearer.
Recent conversations around labour legislation and the separation of work and private life segued nicely with the fairly public dismissal of a Facebook user know only as “Lindsay”. The status update that caused all her problems, and the response to it from her (ex-)boss were screen captured, and the story has subsequently gone viral.
Here is that screen cap:
It seems, in terms of UK labour laws, that this is a pretty legitimate dismissal as the young lady concerned was still in a probationary trial period. As suggested by a number of the comments posted on the London Evening Standards’ article, it would probably be upheld if challenged. Additionally, there is the potential that the boss-bloke could be considering libel charges against her as well.
There are a couple of suggestions that this whole story is an elaborate hoax or a fake set of posts, but my reading and research into it are yet to find convincing proof of this. Even if it is fake, the reality is that there are a large number of similar and even worse Facebook Failures. So many that they surely can’t all be fake?
A recent post by Chris over on iMod reminded me of a site that I had last visited months ago, when it was just starting up. Since then, the collection of stupid, idiotic, hilarious, and even occasional douche-bag foolish on LameBook has grown considerably. So much so that I lost almost three hours to it last night, with tears of laughter running down my face for most of that time.
The LameBook team collect examples of public displays of gross stupidity by Facebook users. And I challenge you to not find at least one example of these posts that doesn’t bring out a sense of absolute amazement at the foolishness of people in you.
Here are a couple of my favourites at the moment:
Michael and Nick heading towards a serious bitch fight:
Justin showing his amazing potential for future employment:(Was it V who questioned whether it’s fair to collect information about potential employees from Facebook? No matter – any of you who are prepared to employ this upstanding citizen haven’t learned a thing in my class!)
Drop a comment after this post if you do visit LameBook and let us know your favourites.
* For the non-jargon speakers, FTW = For The Win, an enthusiastic emphasis to the end of a comment, message, or post. Sometimes genuine, but often sarcastic. Originated from the game show Hollywood Squares where the result of the player’s response is expected to win the game.