Monday, May 24, 2010

Quit Facebook Day is next Monday

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Are you at all worried about your privacy on Facebook? According to The Charlotte Observer, the head of the FBI's North Carolina cybercrimes unit says you should be concerned.

Women are joining Facebook in droves, but Colleen Moss refuses to sign up.

Too risky, says the head of the FBI's North Carolina cybercrimes unit. Too many personal clues, she says, for shady characters to use for identity theft or worse.

"People need to realize that the Internet is not their personal diary," she says. "It is a public domain, and if they don't want people to know things about themselves, they need to keep it to themselves."

Lohn, the CPCC digital expert, believes the controversy won't keep Facebook from thriving; people love it too much. "I think it'll just go away," he said of the controversy, "and Facebook will just keep growing and prospering ... the danger isn't being addressed because it's fun."

Read the rest of this article, by Eric Frazier, here.

As for myself, I'm not quite ready to sign the petition at QuitFacebookDay.com. (Quit Facebook Day, by the way, is May 31st.) I am, however, going to spend the next week thinking about whether or not I should quit.

On the pro-side:

  • I like staying in touch with friends and family. Facebook makes that task so easy.
  • Facebook also exposes me to people, places, products, groups, ideas — you name it — that I may have otherwise missed.
  • It's also allowed me to help promote things and projects I'm involved with or interested in.

On the con-side:

  • I don't like the idea of my information being sold for marketing purposes. (Heck, I won't even carry a designer purse or wear clothes with logos because I think it's ridiculous to be a walking billboard for a corporation.)
  • I also don't like the idea of strangers knowing too much about me. At the same time, strangers already know too much and, whether I like it or not, every time I make a purchase some marketer somewhere notices and makes a preference check mark in some column, or at least their automated database does.
  • Also, and this is the con I think about the most, I forget who is included on my Facebook "friend" list. Something that my friend in NoDa might find amusing may well cause one of my conservative cousins to call my grandma in disgust.

At this moment, I'm leaning toward sticking with Facebook — but being much more conscious about what I post.

Where do you stand on the issue?

Further reading: Russians Snapping Up Tech Companies (The Daily Beast)

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