Monday, May 31, 2010

Facebook And You: Is There Still Love?

Before deciding if you’ll join the Quit Facebook Day over concerns about how Facebook treats the privacy of its users’ information you may want more information. Here’s a short collection of recent web posts that may help:

PC World (May 27)Facebook's Privacy Changes: Are You Satisfied? Excerpt: “It's a given that these tweaks won't satisfy every unhappy camper …”

The Tech Chronicles (May 28) Study: Mass exodus over Facebook privacy flap won't happen Excerpt: “Privacy issues won't cause a mass exodus from Facebook on May 31, but people are being more careful about how they use the popular social network, a new poll said.”

The Washington Post (May 29)What sites such as Facebook and Google know and whom they tell Excerpt: “Many online service providers over the past few years have been building huge dossiers with minute details of each user's online activities - a practice that isn't usually mentioned in privacy policies.”

PC World (May 29)Facebook's Privacy Reboot: Is That all You've Got for Us? Excerpt: “Making privacy easy while providing lots of control is a fundamentally thorny challenge. If Facebook has failed to nail it, it's not because the company is stupid, evil, or careless -- it's because this stuff is hard.”

Wikipedia Criticism of Facebook page. Excerpt: “Several web sites concerned with social networking have criticized the lack of information that users get when they share data.”

So what do you think? Should you stay on Facebook?

Related post:
Poem: Facebook – Have I Trusted You One-Too-Many-Times?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Facebook: Have I trusted you one-too-many times?

By Mike Johansson

Facebook, where people come to share and post
Has been the place with users most
Five hundred million some say are there
Giving personal info they’re happy to share
The Zuckerberg? He smiles with glee
The more the merrier, says he
From early days in a college dorm
His social platform is now a global norm

And yet, all is not well in FB land
As the masses suspect a hidden hand
The rumors of Zuck and FB secretly sharing
Their personal data leaves them fearing
And reminds them of the days gone by
When FB privacy was changed on the fly
Users discovered that Facebook’s data keepers
Had opened everything up … even to creepers

So now the Zuckerberg is all a-flutter
The FB reputation: May be headed to the gutter
Has trust been broken just one too many times?
Why … questions are even being asked in rhymes!
So have Zuck and Facebook earned a chance
To keep us around for the social media dance?
Or will May 31 find many of us – even most
Leave to find a more trustworthy host?

So, will you stick with Facebook?