I find it really hard to sympathize, and also understand, the numerous people who have a problem with Facebook getting all up in their privacy grill. I'm having a problem understanding because I'm not sure what people are expecting from a public social networking site. And this is why:
- It's a PUBLIC SOCIAL NETWORKING site. Public. For social networking. If you're posting shit on Facebook that you don't want other people to see, maybe ask yourself why you're posting it on a social networking site in the first place. It's not like Facebook is coming into your house and stealing your photo albums and journals and posting them on the internet. You are. You're posting your photos and journals on the internet. On the INTERNET. Which brings me to my second point...
- It's the INTERNET you're posting things on. The concept of the internet is not new, nor is the concept of really smart people, and even really dumb people hacking into websites and stealing information from places they're technically not allowed into. This happens all the time. If you want to keep something super private than don't post it on the internet and especially don't post it on Facebook which is, I believe I've mentioned before, a social networking site.
- It's a free social networking site. I`m really at a loss to explain why people constantly complain about something that`s provided to them for free. Facebook is a huge deal right now and has some really cool, positive things like helping others connect with long lost friends or spying on other people or soft core stalking and even games which apparently have farm themes and are probably really fun if you`re into farm games which I'm not but, whatever, my point is that it's free. It's like when you order pizza in at work and your boss pays for it because he's really cool and, instead of being grateful for the free meal, all people do is bitch because there's no pineapple on it. Or there IS pineapple on it. People too often take free things for granted. It's like there's this sense of entitlement because, thanks to technology, everything these days is so easily accessible. Remember the days when we used to write letters? On paper? With real words? And syllables? Or talk on the phone? Or even in person? Take a second to remember(if you're even old enough) way back when it actually took an effort to communicate and tell me that we don't have a pretty sweet deal right now.
- Why are you posting half naked pictures of yourself or pictures of you cheating on your husband or putting shit in your status that you don't want people to see anyways? If you put something like, "I hate my job and my boss is an asshole," in your status and he finds out and you get fired? Guess what? You kind of deserve it. How's that different from saying it out loud in the lunchroom and he overhears? It isn't. If you're
dumbbrave enough to say or write that in a public place then you really need to deal with the consequences. And I know what you're going to say here but...
- Let's face it, Facebook IS a public place. And it always will be. No matter how many privacy settings you turn on or off and no matter how many people threaten to leave because Facebook is invading their super private lives, Facebook will always be a public place. And?
- That's why it's fun. You just need to use it properly. If you're looking for a place for all your private thoughts, keep a journal. A written journal. And keep it under your bed or something. Pictures can be printed out and put in private albums. Don't post revealing statuses. Or any statuses for that matter. I'm sure everyone can make it through the day without knowing you're going to the gym again.
P.S. I'm expecting some flak to come from this post so feel free to disagree in the comments. I respect others' opinions even though I'm totally right. Don't be an asshole though. Or I'll post that you are on Facebook.