QuitFacebookDay.com. Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative. Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination.
It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed. Facebook used to be a place to share photos and thoughts with friends and family and maybe play a few stupid games that let you pretend you were a mafia don or a homesteader. It became a very useful way to connect with your friends, long-lost friends and family members. Even if you didn’t really want to keep up with them. Soon everybody — including your uncle Louie and that guy you hated from your last job — had a profile. And Facebook realized it owned the network.
Then Facebook decided to turn “your” profile page into your identity online — figuring, rightly, that there’s money and power in being the place where people define themselves. This spring Facebook took that even further. This includes your music preferences, employment information, reading preferences, schools, etc. What? Facebook is Dying - Social is Not. There is one question that I hear all the time. Is Facebook going to last, or is it just a fad? My answer is always the same. If you are trying to find an excuse for not doing “social,” then Facebook is here to stay.
But, if you ask “is Facebook going to last?” Then the answer is no; it’s already dying. Let me explain. Facebook is like Microsoft Project 2003 If I had to compare Facebook to anything, I would say that it is turning into Microsoft Project 2003. Microsoft Project 2003 was *the* project management tool for any serious project manger. But that was what also caused its demise. So Microsoft Project 2003 destroyed itself. Same with Facebook Facebook is really big, it has a ton of features.
To give you a few examples. We got profiles, groups, pages, and now also community pages - who all looks rather similar, but works quite differently. We got inconsistencies in likes and comments. We are notified when someone post a comment on our profiles, but not on our pages. Community Pages. Facebook's Instant Personalization Is the Real Privacy Hairball: Tech News « Facebook at its f8 conference yesterday launched tools for websites to add a social layer by bringing over Facebook friend connections.
These social plugins are available to any web developer and use a simple piece of code to add a Facebook frame onto a page, instantly make that page social. So, for example, if you visit CNN.com, you could see what news stories your friends liked and shared there. CNN doesn’t actually see that happening — to the news org it’s just a box it leaves open on its site for Facebook to populate — but it’s presumably happy because users get a more personal experience and stick around longer.
And users don’t get identified for simply visiting a site; they have to log in to Facebook through a dialog box in order for their presence and activities to be shared with their Facebook friends. Facebook also introduced a way for certain sites to push this further than everyone else. Ta-da! I made this just for you. Facebook's Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience yesterday that if he were to create Facebook again today, user information would by default be public, not private as it was for years until the company changed dramatically in December.
In a six-minute interview on stage with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Zuckerberg spent 60 seconds talking about Facebook's privacy policies. His statements were of major importance for the world's largest social network - and his arguments in favor of an about-face on privacy deserve close scrutiny. Zuckerberg offered roughly 8 sentences in response to Arrington's question about where privacy was going on Facebook and around the web. The question was referencing the changes Facebook underwent last month. Your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, Friends List, and all the pages you subscribe to are now publicly available information on Facebook.
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