When you 'Read' something on Facebook soon you are reading (or listening ) for the online world at large, whether you intended it that way or not! If that doesn't quite bother you, you are quite in sync with Facebook's new messianic vision of how 'Social media' would evolve from here onwards.
If however all this is beginning to worry you, you may want to take a look at this next link!
Rajive Chandra - Alarming
to say the least! Your reading propensities about to be made public-
tantamount to washing dirty linen. This time it is real, particularly if
your mouse embarrassingly strays to 'forbidden territory' and soon the
whole world gets to know.
Raja Mitra - As
part of this thread it may be worthwhile to consolidate & reshare
some more material on this topic which I had disseminated earlier.
of these issues are covered in this article here as well. The writer is
a veteran Washington Post columnist. Here's the link: http://news.discovery.com/tech/facebooks-new-news-feed-is-bad-news.html Understandably,
he has been careful & somewhat reticent about what he states,
because, as mentioned in his disclaimer, he uses Facebook to market
himself. So does the publication where his article appears.
I think all this is accurate? Absolutely. I also think this is
intrusive, violative of people's privacies and quite unethical,
specially in view of the fact that the vast majority of users are
blissfully unaware of what goes on under the hood and what the revenue
model for Facebook happens to be.
While it is up to each
individual to arrive at some conclusions re: continued usage of such a
platform, I guess disseminating & sharing info of this kind at least
ensures that folks have arrived at their own conclusions based on facts
And while on the subject, it might be relevant to
share some pretty recent news about what unsuspecting or callous use of
social media could lead to. I recall discussing the first of these
yesterday. The other I became aware of today when +SN Roy shared the news item on social media. Here are the links:
In the article on the IIM Bangalore suicide, some psychologist is quoted as saying, 'What you share on your profile is entirely under your control'.
I hope she and many others like her get to read posts like this to
discover why their assumption isn't quite going to be accurate or right
EDIT: Lest I be accused of putting together a
rather jaundiced, one-sided view of the whole thing, I felt sharing this
piece by Dan Lyons, a Newsweek columnist, could be an effective
counterbalancing factor. Here it is: http://is.gd/qgVWLP
Raja Mitra - While on the topic, you may want to browse Nik Cubrilovic's findings about how 'Frictionless Sharing'
on Facebook really means Facebook tracking every site you visit,
irrespective of whether you share it on Facebook or not. Also, as
suggested, merely logging out of Facebook doesn't take care of this
issue. Read about it here: http://nikcub-cache.appspot.com/logging-out-of-facebook-is-not-enough
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