UPDATE: I add this David Reimer supplied link below but think it's important enough to put it at the top of this post: Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook
UPDATE 2: The always brilliant Dr. danah boyd, Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)
Facebook is a business. Nothing wrong with that.
The business they are in is monetizing us – our thoughts, wants, desires, internet wanderings, connections, networks… you get the drift.
My desire for privacy is something they will do whatever necessary to get around.
My privacy inhibits their ability to make money.
It would seem that Facebook makes a privacy promise and then breaks it – or at least finds a new way to get around it. Only further to anger their more intelligent subscribers.
Today they are in meetings to find a way around the latest firestorm their "privacy" settings have created.
Trust me. It's truly about finding a way around – not about protecting your privacy.
They aren't meeting about how to make their customers happy. It's all about how they can stop people from whining and complaining about them simply trying to monetize us.
All we are is marketable data to Facebook.
And that's why, as soon as I post this, I'm deactivating my Facebook account. I'm tired of getting Zucked.
But not fair well.
I wish Facebook a fate worse than MySpace.
UPDATE: Diaspora* is an interesting response to Facebook. We shall see what comes of it. (And yes I did donate a little bit of money to their cause. Fools rush in and all that.)
If you are confused by my post then please read these posts:
Top 10 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook [via David Reimer]