Dr. Barrett Mosbacker, Publisher
Facebook recently irked me. I am a Facebook user but I am not a heavy user. I keep up with a few colleagues and friends but mostly I post articles on Facebook that I believe others may find interesting. I mostly use Facebook so that I can work through the biblical, educational, and social implications of social technologies as a Christian. We are called to bring all of life under the Lordship of Christ—that includes Facebook and similar technologies.
I also use Twitter (you can follow me @Bmosbacker). I usually post an occasional link to an interesting article. The exception is that I post my status as I travel. My wife, children and secretary are able to keep up with me in real time and are immediately alerted if I have flight delays, etc. I also follow “Breaking News” the “CDC”, “TechCrunch”, AlertNet, and a few other organizations that provide timely and useful information.
How did Facebook irk me? The company changed its privacy settings to a default of “public”. That meant that any information I posted on Facebook would be available to everyone on the Internet. Facebook made this change because it is in the company’s interest to have as much information shared publically as possible.
I have nothing to hide. But I am very selective and careful about anything I put online. I assume that anything I post could be made public. Accordingly, I set virtually all of the privacy settings to the strictest level possible, exactly what Facebook prefer that I not do.
As an aside, if you want to commit Web 2.0 suicide, now you can. This article explains what it is and how it is done.
Having just experienced Facebook’s effort to make our lives increasingly public, I found this particular article to be very timely: We All Live in Public Now. Get Used to It. Erick Schonfeld writes:
As the Web becomes more social, privacy becomes harder and harder to come by. People are over-sharing on Facebook and Twitter, broadcasting their whereabouts every ten steps on Foursquare and Gowalla, and uploading photos and videos of their most private moments to the Web for all to see. It’s easy to say that privacy is dead, we all live in public now, and just deal with it.
But things are a bit more complicated. It used to be that we lived in private and chose to make parts of our lives public. Now that is being turned on its head. We live in public and choose what parts of our lives to keep private. Public is the new default. Continue Reading…