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.