Facebook’s New Privacy Plans Will Cause Uproar

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http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/27/facebook-privacy-connect/

But I don’t necessarily know if they should. We’re weird, as internet users. (Now, I think I’m referring primarily to the power users here, but I’m not even sure about that given some of the statistics about who tends to share what, and use what apps, on Facebook. The younger and later adopters seem to be the people who fret Less about both privacy and noise.) We want ultimate connectivity, with entity disambiguation to the max, and the ability to syndicate seamlessly across platforms, and to both create content and access others’ content from ours mobile devices wherever and however we want to.

But for some reason when the providers try and capitalize on this undeniable addiction from their power users, we immediately raise hell, reactively, as though it’s something morally corrupt and unconscionable. Is it really? I remember freaking out about News Feed. I got over it. I remember freaking out about Google profiles. I got over it. I remember freaking out about Buzz. I got over it. I have the sense that transparency is like gravity when it comes to the internet. Why fight it? Just change your behavior.

Unrelated, it’s unclear to me whether or not these companies (Google and Facebook primarily, but Microsoft seems to be positioning themselves to enter this deeply integrated social search game too) give two shits anyway. They’ve been steamrolling us on this front.

-KM

Facebook’s New Privacy Plans Will Cause Uproar

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