A guide to protecting your information on the New Facebook
The easiest way to protect your information is to delete your Facebook account, but I understand not wanting to do this as Facebook is probably going to be the major online force for the next decade. Still, you should do all that you can to protect your information. Here’s a guide that leads you through the settings that will keep your information as safe as Facebook currently allows.
Zuckerberg: “We Are Building A Web Where The Default Is Social”
You really have to take into consideration whether the value that you’re getting out of this type of service is worth the amount of information you’re handing to Facebook. Will this type of information provide you any more value than Twitter, Yelp, and Metacritic already do?
Facebook Whisperer Speaks About Why Facebook Threatened to Sue Him
I don’t understand how Facebook could successfully sue over the extraction of data that is publicly available online.
Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity
Finally got around to reading Danah Boyd’s SXSW opening keynote. At the beginning of Web2.0, I was all about self-publishing and having my life be online and at that time, I wasn’t a fan of Friendster and Facebook because they were closed-wall services that I thought were too reminiscent of AOL. But that’s how Facebook positioned itself and they’ve been spectacularly successful, even though I’ve never found much use for the service myself.
Now Facebook is slowly taking its inevitable steps towards merging with the rest of the internet (an inevitability that many people foresaw years and years ago), and as this transition happens, peoples’ conception of the nature of Facebook is going to have to change whether they like it or not. Social media in general is moving the internet towards the open internet that I thought that I wanted eight years ago. But the problem with moving from a closed to an open network is that many people haven’t been able to practice being conscious of the online persona that they are presenting to the rest of the internet that someone like me—-who always stuck more with open social networking and self-publishing platforms (like Blogger, Flickr, WordPress, and Twitter)—-has.
It’s a dangerous situation when so many of a sytem’s users might not understand exactly the nature of that system. Especially when it is so tied to their everyday lives.