Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Privacy No Longer Exists

Well that is according to the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, who made these remarks during a presentation at the Crunchie Awards in San Francisco. 

If there was ever a case where someone should keep their mouth shut its Mark Zuckerberg, who is still in the hot sit over the changes Facebook made to its privacy policy, which made many of Facebook’s users accounts public without their knowledge.

But is he right?  Is Privacy died?  Certainly, its not like how it use to be.  With Twitter, unless you specify it, your account is public by default.  Many people use Twitter to share various details of their lives from what they are doing, to what they are eating, to simply make inquires.  This is the benefit of Twitter and its well understood by its users. 

Some us online have also, made the choice to blog.  To share our lives and opinions on many different subjects from politics to technology, etc..  Some have even gone as far as to Podcast,  although I’m still not so inclined.  But maybe one day.

And so I do agree with what Mark Zuckerberg, when he says,

“When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was, 'why would I want to put any information on the internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'."

"Then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way, and just all these different services that have people sharing all this information,”…..

But, what I do disagree with is Mark trying to make the decision for his users.  The difference between Twitter and Blogs is that the user makes the choice to be public, while Facebook was sold as a means to protect your privacy within your circle of friends.  That is why everyone is mad with Mark, as the decisions that Facebook are making are disrupting what people came to accept about Facebook.  That while your on the site you can maintain your privacy.

Although,I do feel for Mark, since he is only trying to build his business.  I just disagree with the way he is doing it.

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