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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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.

Why Does Facebook Suggest People It Shouldn’t Know I Know?

Facebook’s tool found Alice in Bob’s address book, but even after being presented with Alice’s profile as a possible contact, Bob chose not to friend her (since they barely knew each other). Since Bob wouldn’t make the first move, Facebook is now showing Bob to Alice as a suggested friend hoping that Alice will initiate the connection. Basically, Facebook is going behind Bob’s back after he explicitly chose not to friend Alice, and is trying to get Alice to do [sic] make the connection anyway.

When it’s all electronic, you really don’t know if what you think is private is private at all.

I’ve modified some Facebook security options to help protect my data. With such seeming disregard for what ought be private, you might think Facebook tops the list of companies I’m concerned about in this “nothing is private” digital age. Nope. That would be Google.

MySpace Launching Their Own Web Mail. Huh?

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This seems utterly ridiculous to me. MySpace is going to launch their own web-based email system. Apparently, using the social network’s own messaging system is just not enough:

…this will give them their own addresses “@myspace.com

MySpace has long had “vanity” spaces. Perhaps they believe their members love the MySpace brand so much they’ll switch email addresses for it now. I have a hard time believing that.

MySpace is losing ground to Facebook, is this just a futile bid to slow down defections?