May 4, 2010
The "Top 10" reasons why you should quit Facebook
Maybe all of us need to re-think this Facebook thing. I mean, how rational is it, really, to blast so much private information about ourselves to a worldwide audience without retaining any control over how that information may be taken out of context, spindled, mutilated and used against us at some point in the future (see cause of the Harvard 3L racist email controversy for proof about how a fight between "friends" can turn into a national scandal when one of them decides to forward a long forgotten private email). Do we really want burglars to know that "I just stepped out for a cup of coffee?" Didn't life work just fine and dandy before Facebook came along?
10. Facebook's Terms Of Service are completely one-sided.
9. Facebook's CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior.
8. Facebook has flat out declared war on privacy.
7. Facebook is pulling a classic bait-and-switch.
6. Facebook is a bully.
5. Even your private data is shared with applications.
4. Facebook is not technically competent enough to be trusted.
3. Facebook makes it incredibly difficult to truly delete your account.
2. Facebook doesn't (really) support the Open Web.
And the number one reason why you should quit Facebook according to Gizmodo . . . .
1. The Facebook application itself sucks.
Read a more detailed explanations for each of these reasons here.
A big hat tip to Corey Friedman.
May 4, 2010 | Permalink
Nobody forces you to write racist emails or to tell the world when you're out of the house. As librarians, shouldn't we be encouraging media literacy rather than scapegoating technology?
Posted by: jfpbookworm | May 5, 2010 6:27:23 AM