Aug 13 2007

I gave in and created a Facebook account

Published by at 5:13 pm under Privacy

A friend of mine, Jeremiah Owyang, finally managed to bully me into signing up for Facebook.  Some of the privacy concerns I would express to the average Internet user don’t really apply to me, since so much of my life is already on the blog for everyone to see, so I figured something like Facebook couldn’t be that much more of an invasion of privacy.  I’ve made about 20 people my friends in Facebook, mostly by looking at some of their profiles and adding people I already know, but I’ve had a couple people add me as friends who I barely know. 

Of course, since I signed up on Wednesday, the source code for Facebook was leaked by the weekend.  It looks like it was a simple case of human error, but if your an intensive Facebook user, this might be enough to give you a little pause.  As I said, I’m not putting anything there that I haven’t already put somewhere else, but if you’re like a lot of users, you put your whole life up for your friends to see.  And if Facebook has another human error incident, it could be your home address or embarrassing posts that are exposed next time.

Always assume that everything you put online is viewable by everyone, not just your friends, and act accordingly.  It’s better to have your friends have to IM you to ask for your phone number than to put it out where every crackpot in the world could see it, despite the best policies and intentions. 

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3 Responses to “I gave in and created a Facebook account”

  1. Benon 13 Aug 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Too funny. I actually just created a Facebook account in the past week, too. After returning from a tour in Europe, a bunch of my tourmates were young’uns who insisted that Facebook was the only way to communicate. I mean, like, ya know, you can, like, send messages to each other, and, like, ya know, share pictures, and stuff. To which my response was “sounds like email and my web site”. Ah, youth… :)

  2. Dave Whiteleggon 14 Aug 2007 at 5:11 am

    Coincidently a friend of mine has just bullied me into signing up to Facebook, I’ll add you Martin.

    But you won’t catch me posting too much personal info on there…

  3. Martinon 14 Aug 2007 at 7:02 am

    From one Martin to another, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had a few of my friends ask me if I ‘MySpace’ or ‘Facebook’. I strongly encourage them to use it cautiously and not put anything on there they wouldn’t want strangers to see. A lot of people don’t realize that when employers are researching a potential hire, they will often run searches on Google to see if this person is posting any research or is active in the associated community. So be careful what you post!

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