Re: spam from +
I totally disagree with you. I also think you've rather missed the point of Facebook. And I don't even like it. I'd send out emails to people, but then I wouldn't communicate that amount of stuff.
However if my Sister-in-law wants to put 35 photos of her kids and their friends enjoying a birthday party that's fine. And why shouldn't she. It's a much more efficient way of distributing that amongst the parents of those kids that she's friends with. Rather than sending out 10-20 emails with 35 pictures on each. We'd soon need more bandwidth...
This way, she puts it all on FB, and people can look at their own kid's piccies, and make comments about how cute they are. I can come along every few months and see a selection of cute pictures of my nephews and sis-in-law has had a place to easily communicate with her friends. Everyone's a winner. Until Facebook do something horrible with all her data anyway...
Alternatively she'd have to write a separate email to each parent, with their portion of piccies, a bit of text, and send it all off - taking up lots of time and bandwidth.
It's one thing to not enjoy that sort of thing (I agree), or to raise legitimate concerns about privacy (I also agree), but another to say that people aren't enjoying something that' they patently are.
The thing I don't get about many El Reg commentards is how they can't understand that other people like/use/need different things than they do.