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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dear Facebook

Dear Facebook,

Every student relies on your distracting and entertaining presence to keep us from our class work on a much needed daily basis. However, I have to ask you to change one thing for us.

For many people, their Facebook page displays their critical information, information that defines who they are. These include name, age, and hometown. However, Facebook has chosen to also include such unimportant identifiers such as lingual skills. To me, I do not find it pertinent to discover that someone “kinda knows French” or “Pig Latin”.

A more constructive use of this space would be for the ability to show Greek or other organizational affiliation. To me, along with the 400,000 active Greeks in America, Greek affiliation is indisputably a big identifier. The 9,000,000 alumni would also stand by my sentiment.

I am a member of Alpha Tau Omega. I am an ATO 24/7 and I take that to heart. I joined an organization which aims at improving myself and my community. Greek isn’t just the letters you proudly display; it’s a way to live your life.

Non Greeks also feel identified by the organizations they join. Many feel described by their political party or religious affiliation. Countless other Facebook users would prioritize their organizational membership above lingual abilities when advertising who they are.

Something for you to consider,


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  1. and the chat is just awful?

  2. I was going to mention that at the end but I thought it would seem random. But yes, the new chat is horrible.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. YES, well said. Knowing someone speaks the same language as you isn't enough to indicate a shared attitude toward and way of life. However, the organizations we are dedicated and committed to, especially Greek, DO. So then, which is the more important identifier?

    ~AOII <3

  4. Couldn't have put it any better. Hopefully Facebook can change this soon!