No, I do not wear a tinfoil hat (privacy paranoia)
I am not a conspiracy theorist although I may play one on TV or in this case, online. Normally, when the world rails against privacy violations on Facebook and other “free” (keyword folks, that free thing is kinda big thing) social networks, I sit back, make a few profile and privacy adjustments and move along, nothing to see here, folks.
This time, I’m the one beating the privacy drum loud and clear. Just take a look at my last Facebook post regarding the “read” button (now known a little better as frictionless sharing): this frictionless sharing alerts everyone as to what song you just listened to or what article you just read. For those of you reading the National Enquirer online, take note. I’m watching what you read and judging you on it. So is your neighbor, potential employer, current employer, boss, and so on. If you don’t mind that, cool, read on. If you do, get your privacy settings under control NOW (thanks to Kami Huyse for the lead on this one!).
I don’t want to know what you are reading nor what you are listening to
Look, good for you that you like listening to Bright Eyes, but guess what, I really don’t care. Narcissistic as I am, knowing what you are listening to on Spotify all day long is not that exciting. Nor do I care what you are reading. Really, I don’t, despite the fact that it might make good gossip someday, your need to read up on the fact that the Stone Roses (gee I just can’t wait) are reforming doesn’t really excite me in any way. Nor does your fascination with Project Runway. I don’t even care that you are reading about Motorola lowering the price on their tablets.
You are taking up valuable space in my Facebook feed
But here is the kicker of ‘em all. As if the new Facebook didn’t mess up my mental tracking on what was happening in the world, my Facebook feed has now become that much busier. Because you are opting in to frictionless sharing (probably without even knowing it), your business is now my business. Everyone doing everything will soon be pushed to your Facebook feed and mine. This constant flow of data is sure to send some Facebook users right over the edge.
Moral of the story
Opt out of reading the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post on Facebook. Do it separately. Pay attention to your privacy settings and what you are choosing to do on Facebook. Keep your dirty laundry off my Facebook feed.
Queen Narcissa out. Thank goodness it’s Friday. Jones Radiator anyone?