Regarding Facebook Privacy: Robert Scoble has to know what you’re doing that needs to be private

Just what are you doing that needs to be so damned private? Are you having sex inside Facebook? Doing illegal drugs? Cheating on your wife? Damn, your Facebook life must be SO interesting!

Me, count me out of this whole privacy thing. I want everything I do to be public and then I don’t have to spill thousands of words crying when Mark Zuckerberg takes my stuff and exposes it in a search engine.

With all due respect, it’s none of your damn business what any of us are doing that we want private. Some of us are just private people, there’s nothing unusual about that. Perhaps most of us sit somewhere in the middle, but even so we should be all concerned about Facebook’s growing disregard for protecting what we put online.

Scoble feels you either share nothing at all (i.e., you don’t put it online) or you share with the world. There’s nothing in-between. And since that doesn’t bother him he wants to know just what you’re doing? The gall of some people never ceases to amaze.

It’s becoming clear that the individuals unconcerned about privacy feel that way less because they don’t mind their information being available to everybody, and more because they’ll pay that price in order to have everyone else’s formation available to them. At best, it makes them busybodies; the annoying acquaintance always asking you about that which you’ve shown a preference not to share. At worst, it makes them… well, I don’t think we know that yet.

Mr. Scoble, I respect your desire to put all of yourself online and have Facebook share it with the solar system. Go for it. But don’t insist the rest of us must also feel that way, then have the nerve to question our motives when we don’t by asking for the very thing we’ve decided not to share with you. That’s just creepy.

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8 thoughts on “Regarding Facebook Privacy: Robert Scoble has to know what you’re doing that needs to be private

  1. To Roert Scoble:Just what are you doing that needs to be so damned private?NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS!Are you having sex inside Facebook?Maybe I am.Doing illegal drugs?Never! But if I did, I won’t be telling you.Cheating on your wife?Maybe I am.Damn, your Facebook life must be SO interesting!Yes it is but with increased privacy settings you will never know.

  2. so he wouldn’t mind at all if he was having dinner with friends and anyone just sat down to listen in on their conversation, since there’s nothing he could be talking about that would be ‘so damned private’ anyway?

  3. Lyndon,I think it’s a sticky issue. As I said in my post, I respect if someone wants to share everything with the world. But I don’t think the idea that some people want to use technology to share only with specific people, not everyone, should be met with derision, and we’re told it’s all or nothing. Who decided that? Facebook? Regarding the “security gap”, the complaint isn’t about thieves or software bugs, which harm Facebook as much as their users, it’s about Facebook exposing data to certain people that had been gathered under an agreement where that would not happen.

  4. Tom,I’d argue there is a difference between uploading a picture to a “new media company” and giving my money to regulated bank to hold onto…But much like Facebook the banks have every right to change their terms of service (at least in Canada do) and often do.I don’t even know that the privacy changes entail, like I said if you are that worried about your privacy you should not be uploading crap to other peoples servers… Ignoring facebooks ever changing policies there are other reasons – I mean Christ there was a security gap that allowed you to read the “facebook chat” messages of any of your friends…

  5. Lyndon, Nonsense. That’s like telling me not to put my money in a bank I don’t own. I use other services ,and expect them to live up to agreements made. It’s fine that you believe sharing your information is all or nothing, you’re free to believe what you want, but I strongly disagree. To me, it’s RIDICULOUS to think there’s no middle ground between sharing some things with a subset of people and sharing with the entire world. Facebook was originally built on that very premise. If you believe there is no such middle ground, and never can be, then you’re just the kind of easy user Facebook is looking for.

  6. For me, it isn’t at all about privacy. Most of what I post on Facebook I’m willing to share anyways.It’s about respecting my property; more specifically my intellectual property.My ideas belong to me, not Facebook. I’m loosing faith in Facebook because their privacy policy edges more and more towards ‘what you post belongs to us.’That is why I prefer services like Twitter, which force me to upload content to other sites [either my own, or more trustworthy services] and simply link to it. Rather than posting it on Facebook’s appealing walled garden.I both agree and disagree with Mr Scoble. I think we should strive to start tearing down these private barriers that prevent good communication… but the options for privacy should still exist.

  7. If you that concerned about YOUR information don’t put it online – or at least don’t put it on a server that you don’t own.

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