Nowhere to hide: I want Myspace and privacy back
I miss having a place on the web to call my own.
How I long for the mid 90s, before the days of social graph or APIs.
I miss MySpace, and LiveJournal and Geocities.
Those spaces were my own for a time.
But with the announcement of Facebook’s new Graph Search engine, there is really nowhere on the web for me to hide anymore.
Facebook has been a sacred site for me to talk en masse to my friends. And my privacy settings are tailored so that only my friends can find me.
And I like it that way.
I can vent about a frustrating day, or share stories that amaze me. It really has been like a live journal for my life.
The very concept of privacy may be dead. Hell, it may never have existed. But I miss the illusion.
Facebook and its advocates will argue that Graph Search only makes public what was already publicly available - but until now there has not been a dedicated search engine for information that until now was not publicly available via Google, Bing or even Facebook.
Yes, that information may have been publicly available but users would have to devote some time and skill to finding it.
Soon all that public information will be at the world’s fingertips.
I’m not going to say that I’m going to leave Facebook, but I will forever be a little sad that there isn’t a little patch of online grass that I can call my own anymore.
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