Facebook Feeds

Apparently the sky has fallen, and the end of the world is nigh, because [tag]Facebook[/tag] has implemented the so called [tag]mini feeds[/tag]. What are these horrible, evil things? They are very simple lists of your most recent activities that get displayed in your [tag]profile[/tag]. And apparently, this nifty feature is the destroyer of personal lives, and a tool for stalkers.

Anti feed facebook groups are popping all over the place and people are whining left and right.

All I have to say about this is WTF? I completely fail to see the problem here. ZOMG! Facebook has made the public information that I voluntarily post on a publicly accessible website much easier to find! Oh noes! Woe is me! Cry me a fucking river, why don’t you! There is nothing in the mini-feeds that was not already accessible to the general public.

I think that the so called [tag]Facebook Generation[/tag] has forgotten about one of the oldest and most prominent rules of the internet. Please read the following statement out loud, and take few seconds to reflect upon it:

Anything you post on teh interwebs can and definitely will be used against you.

Did that sink in yet? No? Read it again… Reflect… Then, and only then, continue reading.

If you don’t want people to know that you post hurtful, embarrassing things on your friend’s wall then don’t do it! If you don’t want your girlfriend to know what you do on facebook then either cancel your account or tell her to mind her own business. It’s as simple as that. You can’t have the cake and eat it too! Facebook is no exception to this rule.

Please don’t get me wrong – I’m all for [tag]privacy[/tag]. I think that AOL style security blunders are inexcusable, and unacceptable. But mini feeds are not a privacy concern. They are a [tag]data aggregation[/tag] tool. Blaming Facebook for compiling this information in accessible, and readily available form is like blaming google for indexing all the websites with your name.

You (and only you) are completely responsible, and accountable for all the content you publish on facebook and similar networks. I think mini feeds are a uncomfortable reminder of that fact. The existence of feeds may actually force some people to think twice before they post something hurtful, embarrassing or inapropriate. And in my personal opinion this is a good thing.

Judging from the public outcry however, people would rather remain [tag]blissfully ignorant[/tag] about the amount of private information they publish every day.

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5 Responses to Facebook Feeds

  1. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I know as well as you that its all public information, just like our blogs. Doesn’t mean i’ll have to like the new setup. I mean hey, now i can actually know how my friends are doing in their lives; w.o even having to lift a finger.

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    True, but isn’t that the point of a a social networking app? I don’t really mind the mini-feeds. Or at least they don’t bother me that much.

    It will be interesting to see if they will take them out because of user complaints. :mrgreen:

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  3. Matt UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    If theyre so bothered by privacy why are they even using these kinds of internet “services” (the quote marks are there to show that i dont think of them as real services)

    I value my privacy and wouldnt want people being able to find out all about me from a public website so i dont use myspace (also cause its horribly lame), Bebo or any of these things

    I also keep up to date on the privacy extensions for firefox – trackmenot, a cookie manager (google cookies = blocked, i dont like the stuff i hear about their “privacy” control), stealther for when i really want to go invisible, i have noscript installed but leave it off most of the time

    pretty much all youre going to find out about me from the internet would come from the occasional blog comment like this one.. and the odd forum, but not many, and i keep my cards close to my chest

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  4. Steve UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Here is a live counter of the number of people who have joined the “Students against Facebook News Feed” group on Facebook….. 300,000 and climbing

    http://digg.com/tech_news/Facebook_Stalker_City_Includes_LIVE_Counter

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  5. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Thanks for the link! Dugg!

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