An interesting article on boycotting, or not, facebook. I know of the issues that show up about facebook privacy, but I also know that I spend way too much time following this stuff, and most of my friends don’t. (In fact, I’d bet most of my friends don’t even follow this.)
Privacy matters. It matters to college students especially. We’re job searching soon. Our employers do look at people online, see what they’re doing and whatnot. People have been told they’ve been turned down due to their facbook profile, and we should all be able to guess that for each employer that has told those they turned down it was due to facebook, there are dozens more that just don’t mention it.
It’s also not as cut and dry as ‘spring cleaning’ up your profile right before you go job hunting. Your friends are out there too, and if they don’t have their settings set up properly, you can get found out by them. It’s in everyone’s best interests to be aware of what goes on, even if you think you’ll be fine, be aware that you do effect others too.
You should read this. It’s a trifle old (2008), and long but he makes some really good points, about communicating and about why we (at ‘elite’ schools) learn what we learn. I’ve found a number of people at Stanford and elsewhere to talk over the bigger intellectual ideas, but those mostly took place during freshman year, and have gone down in frequency since then.
Just read it and shoot me an email and I’d love to discuss it with people.