Over the summer I gradually was reducing my use of Facebook and spending more time on Twitter. Many of the articles I was reading were pieces found through the tweet feed. That certainly accounts for more of my time writing out things in 140 characters or less.
A short time ago, I changed my name on Facebook more or less for fun but also security reasons. My privacy settings were all set to a point where I thought my personal page was something that could not be found. As it turns out I was wrong. So I shut down my author page and started limiting my presence even more. Somewhere during that security settings discovery I changed my name again.
Check out the Wikipedia Article about the Criticism of Facebook . The first section summarizes the wrongful account suspensions and coercion of private identification out of users.
I wrote to support to complain about this and how I felt it was a privacy violation. I explained why I changed my name. From their form-letter like responses , it seemed like a fight that I would not be able to win. On top of that, THEY changed my name for me to reflect “more accurately who I was”. I shut down my writer page (which was in a hold mode anyway), have stopped promoting and posting on my personal page, and now only peek in once a week, if that. I’m just not entirely comfortable using it any more because of these violations of privacy.
During the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or fear, put on in October 2010 by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Colbert presented Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg with the”Medal of Fear “because he values his privacy much more than he values yours”…..
Regrettably, their position in the market appears to have turned them into a social media bully. Questions are being raised about potential privacy breaches and data mining tactics that could cause significant ripple effects worldwide. It is my hope that more people will echo mine and others’ concerns about their abuse of legitimate users’ data and privacy settings. Businesses who advertise on Facebook need to consider this information and ask themselves a couple of questions.
Do we value the privacy of our customers? What if it was my information and privacy settings being compromised?
So if you are one of the many who use Facebook, give this article some consideration and share it with anyone you know. You could even share it on Facebook….