So there’s this new application out there — you may have heard about it — it’s called “The Facebook.”
I jumped on briefly when Rob was doing some developing and wanted me to do some testing with him. I know people who are deeply involved with their Facebook accounts but I didn’t really think of it as “my sort of thing” so set up my profile using just my first name and initial. I was also troubled by the privacy issues connected with Facebook.
Go figure that people I know in real life found me and friended me there and this weekend the circle grew again. Now that good friends from far away are sharing pictures and communicating through the site I’m considering
starting over with a real profile with changing my id to my full name (thanks for the link Jeff) so that the site can work as it was meant. Part of me wants to maintain the small bit of privacy I have by not using my full name even though it isn’t that many steps from the small bit of information there to finding the rest.
Since I’m there and now connected to a few networks do I really have any privacy anyway? What would you do? Are we at the point that we accept that we have little control over the information about us on the Internet or are we still making an effort to control our online identities — even if it means we cannot play as well with our friends? One thing I can say for certain is that companies like Facebook have found a good way to get people to give up willingly and eagerly all kinds of information about themselves.