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,