Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Privacy on FB?

You get to use FB for free. The only way FB can make money is with's users. You are the product they their advertisers.
And as much as they make a noise about protecting their users privacy, the fact is that it is a goal directly in opposition to their need to make money by selling the same data to their advertisers.
So this news by way of GigaOm latest does not surprise me at all.

Facebook is learning that it may need to move more slowly and more thoughtfully as it pushes users to share more sensitive information. Just three days after introducing a new feature that allows users to share their mobile phone number and address with applications and third-party websites, Facebook said late last night that it is suspending the change as it works to clarify the permission process.

I don't think FB cares about users privacy, despite the noises it makes, almost every new feature they have rolled out has had concerns about privacy.
Big reason why I don't talk about personal or professional stuff on FB. And also why there are no family pictures on FB, despite the changes in my life.
I just don't trust FB.

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So this space has been kind of neglected for a while now.
Mostly due to the fact that work has been busy for a long while, with hardly any downtime. Which I guess is a good thing, given the state of affairs.
Another reason for not looking at this space was the lack of a decent mobile blogging app. I seem to have found one and so am giving this a try.
And no Facebook(FB) does not qualify as a tool for blogging.
FB has it's uses but I know quite a few people who only maintain a presence there, and would rather interact via phone or email.
Count me amongst one of those.
But I digress, this is a test post, not sure how that will go.
I may blog again if this mobile app works.
Writing this on the train to work.
Happy 2011 to anyone reading this.

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