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Facebook Lockdown – or Suicide – when 400 Million People meet the Collaboration Privacy Dilemma   Leave a comment

Concerns keep rising on just how complex may it be to choose what is public and what isn’t on facebook.
 
Many facebook innovations have driven this. Perhaps the most notable is the introduction of public, searchable "pages" that make a connection between a personal profile and a piece of information easier to find: interests, hometown, and especially the new "like" approach to expressing interest for pages, persons, causes, public initiatives, organizations. 
 
An interesting summary on this is Jason Perlow’s story on how to lock down or eliminate a facebook account – highlighting the associated complexity – and some reasons  to do so – highlighting basic differences in privacy approach.  
 
I think this boils down to:
1) facebook has been, and will remain for some time, an especially effective environment for sharing information and interests. I have been calling it a "[consumer] collaboration amd sharing platform" for a year now.
2) easy sharing, including serendipitous sharing beyond planned, intended recipients, is a key component of the value of collaboration. The interest of many enterprises large and small and their IT service and solution providers amply proves this.
3) facebook’s effectiveness enables all of us to share at internet length (forever), speed (as fast as I can share), scale (hundreds of millions of people – effectively "the world")
4) practical consequences of sharing at this speed go beyond what anybody in the world can imagine now.
 
To summarize: now that I can engage the whole world in what I do, just what am I happy to share freely with everybody forever?
 
Evidence and rational arguments to answer this question are very limited.
 
Other facts matter much less, including some that are often mentioned in the collaboration privacy debate, such as
1) the same information had been available for a long time, if harder to get
2) now that information is being sold by facebook or others more often, effectively and obviously to businesses
3) businesses use what they know about me to sell me things

Posted May 10, 2010 by Gianluca Marcellino in Computer e Internet

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