Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Facebook Founder thinks you're a 'Dumb F*ck!'

Do you use the Crackbook? Have you ever read the fine print when it comes to using said Crackbook? They own your pictures, your personal data, and pretty much anything you - or your friends, or friends of friends, or Uncle Susie's new rentboy - put on the Crackbook about you. Privacy has been a pretty huge thorn in the side of Facebook's credibility.

It's the bad thing everybody knows about, but nobody really cares about, because no other site provides the services Facebook provides with the level of visibility and usage it has.

In a truly interesting turn of events, some 2004 instant messages have surfaced from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. They were between him and a buddy of his at Harvard, and they read a little something like this:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

In 2004, Zuckerberg was 19 and had just founded what would be the biggest social networking site since...well, since the last one. In 2005 your info was pretty much your own. Nobody had much access to it that you didn't want. Over the past 5 years, that information has become a matter of public record, seemingly. As of April of this year, every single thing you type, post, import, or upload to Facebook can be seen by the casual internet user - with the minor exceptions of your contact information and birthday. All your pictures, networks, wall posts, photos, likes, name, gender, profile data, and who you're friends with - all of it - can be seen by anybody perusing the internet.

And they don't even have to be a Facebook member.

Social networking sites are nice for staying connected when you're far away from friends and family. However, on the flip side, it also keeps you in touch with exes, random hook ups, and pretty much anybody else young and firm. There's a new survey out done of all the recent divorce petitions that found 1 in 5 divorces blame Facebook in some form or fashion.

We accept, follow, and connect with a lot of people on the interwebs, and not all of those people have our best interests at heart. What do YOU think about the recent Facebook developments? Leave a comment, send an email to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com, or tweet me @IncitingARiot!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

10 comments:

  1. Sorry, I love FB. I don't really care what people know about me. My gender isn't private . . . or anything else for that matter. If you're stupid, you'll put incriminating material on there.
    I have connected with old lost friends, found people for jobs, advertised concerts and got people to come out to them, arranged social gatherings, found ways to contact people in emergencies that I didn't think i would ever be able to find, met amazing new people (including lovely pagans) . . .
    If you FB responsibly, it's an incredible tool!

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  2. I'm a dumbeff =(

    Luckily, I don't have any thing super personal put up and I don't care if someone steals pictures of my cats =p

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  3. LOL only 1 in 5 divorces? Gosh, i think i know three personally... ;O

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  5. As far as Mr. Zuckerberg goes I can blow what he said off. First of all he was 19. We all say stupid things at 19. Heck I still say stupid things. And be it known I have been called worse.
    I will be the first to say I was guilty for the longest time playing some of the games on FB for hours a day. Even figured out the ratio of what crop was most profitable and feasible for me to harvest around my social and work schedules. (Sound familiar FB-a-holics?..lol)
    I hardly get on FB for those reasons anymore. I simply don't have time.
    Like City Wiccan I to have found friends from high school and people I thought I would never get in touch with again because we just simply lost touch.
    As far as anyone can see your pictures and anything anyone says about you on facebook this is not quite so. There are privacy settings under accounts. You can choose an entire group of people or even be more specific such as blocking specific individuals as to what they can and can't see on your profile.
    I do it all the time...lol
    And as far as divorce is concerned. I personally believe it is the actions of these people doing things whether it be on FB, Skype, Yahoo, PalTalk or any of the other various social sites that take time away from each other that causes us to lose touch with one another.
    So if you will excuse me I am gonna get off here and go snuggle with my guy..:)
    Love ya Fire Lyte
    And btw got my MUG TODAY! I LOVE IT!!! posted a pic on twitter :)

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  6. Honestly I think in some ways we are entering the post anonymity era, and it has a lot of people really worried. I think that in the long run it will actually be better for the internet, because as more and more people use their real names, and view the internet as an extension of their world rather than a separate reality, I think we will see a lessening of bad behavior emboldened by net based anonymity. Now having said that has Facebook made some mis-steps? Of course. So have Google, and Microsoft, etc. Part of the problem is that because of how important the internet has become, (It is essentially the 21st century equivalent of the railroad or the telephone) these people have remarkable power, and remarkable scrutiny. Both of which ironically might be more than it should be. After all as much as I might love Google, Microsoft has shown us how one tech company becoming too powerful can actually retard innovation. On the flip side how well would you or I fair if every little niggling utterance were not only made public but made issue of?

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  7. I think that, as long as people are aware of the risks of putting all of their information on the net and facebook then everything should be ok.

    It's when people aren't aware that dangerous things can happen. Not too far from where I live a girl posted on her facebook wall that she was having a party and hundreds of kids turned up and totally trashed her house.
    I know of someone whose house was robbed while they were on holiday. In the end it was found that she posted the dates of her holiday and her address on her facebook page!! No wonder she got robbed.

    Facebook is also threatening job prospects and university applications as more place will look at candidates facebook pages and see photos from drunken nights out and think "Hell NO!"

    The key is knowing that anyone and everyone can see your page. People need to be a little more proactive with privacy settings too. If you don't change your privacy settings when you create an account you page can pop up on google!!

    Scary stuff :D
    xxx Aria

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  8. I used Facebook for all of about 3 months. Never posted blog entries on it (never bothered to figure out how), never used it to host pictures. I had other sites for those things--sites that didn't require a lot of personal information from me for the privilege of uploading my stuff.

    A lot of people ask me why I don't log into Facebook "more often." (I'm on a 3-year streak now--need to just get the stupid profile deleted.) Because the only things there that I can't get anywhere else are Farmville and friend requests from people I haven't seen since second grade. Neither interests me all that much.

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  9. Odom of the Evil EyeMay 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    I'm a personal fan of my privacy, so I don't use facebook to start with. I tried it out for a while, but all I got out of it was a bunch of people from high school I vaguely remember constantly bombarding me with the various bells and whistles you find on facebook. After not checking my profile for about eight months, I decided to delete my account.

    Even though I am not a facebook user, my roommates are friggin' addicted to it. Out of the 4 or 5 hours a day I see them, they are on it for at least an hour. You weren't kiddin' about the crack part...

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  10. Okay, I'm old. Anyone remember that old episode of Battlestar Galactia where the android dog tries to warn everyone of the danger. The ragtag survivors of the human race are fleeing the killer machines and they think they've found a paradise planet... fun, gambling, lots of food... until the elevator takes you to the underground, the final trip, where the humans are being fed on, sucked dry to power the pleasure planet... yep, fatten 'em up, fool 'em... then devour them. And the machines were behind it.

    That's Facebook... in the end. It's just a big ole gathering service of your info for those who don't have your best interests at heart, and never did, those who want to devour you, body, mind and soul.

    Yep, sounds over-dramatic, doesn't it?
    But, no one believed the dog, either.

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