PROPRIETORS OF OUR PRIVACY
Giving Facebook Too Much Face
By Joey Grihalva
t the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, Mark Zuckerberg andhis team held a press event on October 6, 2010 to introduce some new tools:Download Your Information, a feature that allows users to transfer their data in a.zip file and a revamped version of Facebook Groups that will allow group chats,e-mail lists and document sharing.Zuckerberg thinks these things will address “the biggest problems withsocial networking.”I disagree. The biggest problem with social networking these days is, well,social networking. Let me explain.
Facebook is the greatest time-suck of all time.
I excitedly joined Facebook in Spring 2005 when it was a fun and easy way to stay in touch with friends from high school and an innovative way to connect with new friends at college. It was simple: no Status Updates, no News Feeds, noadvertisements, no fan pages, and definitely no parents.Zuckerberg’s dorm room start-up started to slide in my eyes when it became a highly profitable company, given that the cornerstone of any for-profitcompany is expansion. In Facebook’s case, it began with high school kids and before you knew it your grandmother had a page.Facebook kept adding new ways for us to share our lives and spend moretime on their site. A number of these changes were met with resistance, yetFacebook continues to grow—there are currently over 500 million members.For all the press releases and posturing, security and user satisfaction havenever been serious priorities at Facebook. And we have no reason to expect their