“Facebook has finally done it. It’s just a few updates away now from euthanizing the concept of privacy, already ailing on its network. Timelines and Open Graph, introduced at this week’s f8 conference, sit on either edge of the sword that’s just been run through privacy’s heart. It is finished. It is done.”
Linked with the last piece. I don’t want this. It will not convince me that sharing this information with Facebook is worth what I’m getting out of it. The bargain isn’t good enough for what I’m giving up.
I used Facebook initially to keep track of people from my freshman dorm the next year. I’d avoided getting one all of year long, but it dawned on me that I might lose track of people over the summer. That’s it. That’s the entire reason I got into using Facebook.
Now I also got swept up in a couple Facebook games/apps. But I since removed everything but the tumblr cross posting application. Nothing else. I even started this tumblr blog due to not wanting all my links to articles to be stuck inside Facebook. At this point the you might say that tumblr also is a social platform that tracks my every move. However, there are no ads for other products on it yet. I think that I’ll eventually try to change over to a personally hosted blog at the point where I have more money. That’s a big reason why I’m still on tumblr right now. It’s free. If that changes, or the bargains I make with tumblr change too much I will leave.
I’m worried as well about twitter, but it hasn’t done as much to force a lack of privacy beyond the initial bargain, yet. I tend to use third-party mobile apps to interact with it (tweetbot) and avoid the web interface at nearly any cost. I don’t have location turned on for nearly anything. My cell phone already tells on me, and IP addresses take care of the rest, so theres no reason to make things any easier than they already are.
This Facebook is not what I ever wanted. If I knew then what I do now, I doubt I’d ever have joined Facebook to begin with.
PS. I think this also precludes me from moving over to G+ as well.