Friendster Rebellion: A Privacy-Concern Dam Break?
Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program failed to arouse much more than a collective shrug across much of America, but when the social networking site Facebook recently began broadcasting every change a user makes to his online “friends,” (“you’re out of my top-50,” for example), the community rebelled — quickly and viciously. Could this be the start of something?
Sam Graham-Felsen at The Nation:
On September 5, Facebook– the social networking site made up of 9 million users, mostly college students, who post and share personal information in online profiles– unveiled a major change.
A new feature called “News Feed” instantaneously broadcasts virtually every move a Facebook user makes to his online “friends.” For example, now, when a user logs on, he will immediately see that “Tim changed his relationship status to ‘It’s Complicated'” or “Sarah removed Kelly Clarkson from her ‘Favorite Music'” or “Randy posted a comment on Jean’s wall: ‘U rock my world.'” Each alteration to one’s profile is even time-stamped, so others can know if “Jenny removed Bill as a friend” while she was supposed to be in her 11 am chemistry class.