Some Facebook users are upset that the default settings are to allow more and more people visible access to your details. And other users or non-users are upset that Facebook wants to keep things secret until you join their “walled garden”. The problem is that the first group don’t understand the history of the internet already being open and available to everyone, and the second group is mistaking Facebook’s intention for the intentions of it’s paranoid users.
I used to have a Facebook account when it started. I didn’t like the fact that at the time it required a .edu email address and at that time I was working for my alma mater and didn’t want to create a profile that would link my otherwise nonsense username to my actual persona (not that I fought too hard to prevent it). So I signed up, added a bunch of college and high school friends I never talked to after classes ended.
But I got fed up with people “poking” me (because it’s a non-communication that never starts a real conversation) and all these “friends” who really didn’t keep me in their life as much I did them in mine. So I deleted my account (after changing my password to a random string!) and called it quits.
Well, then I bought an iPad, and there’s a game or two that I wanted to see if there was any advantage to having all these trendy social networks linked into. So I signed back up to the FB, listed my present girlfriend, reconnected with a few people I actually wanted to talk to on the service, and gave it a second try.
Difference is that today I view Facebook as a gimmick rather than a destination or a primary means of communication. I think as a network, it’s just fine. So is the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. But just like those two, I don’t make much of a fuss about those services’ involvement in my life, and I can get on with it all.
Personally, I could care less about people who aren’t smart enough to not answer questions that they wouldn’t want the public knowing. The Onion put it well, Facebook is the new place for your parents (or anyone) to stalk you.
Mirrored from Won't he shut up, ever?.