Tell me if I'm just drinking the Privacy Kool-Aid

When Facebook launched a feature that could tell you when your friends “liked” an article on the New York Times website, I thought it was a tad creepy, but on the whole: pretty cool. After all, I don’t go around “liking” stuff that I would want to keep private; that’s kind of the point of “sharing.” Besides, it’s not really me and my like-happy friends that the New York Times is connecting – to them, we’re just two anonymous Internet users.


That is to say, if I’m not doing anything particularly controversial, and if my online activity is a itty bitty fraction of the billions upon billions of info packets being exchanged every day, what’s the big deal?


I don’t have anything to hide – just a bunch of innocuous preferences of my life as a consumer. But isn’t that depressing in a way? That our lives are boiled down to where we happen to be and what we happen to like?

Are the privacy advocates right? Are we slowly-but-surely giving up our god-given right to privacy? Is social media just one big water slide? Can Facebook, or any body else, really keep this stuff a secret? It seems like Facebook is in the news every day for new privacy-related issues or instances of real life drama caused by something that happened on the ‘book. I like to think that this is separate from me, that I’m not over-sharing on the social network, they’re talking about the other guy! But am I just turning a blind eye?

Is this the end of privacy? Is Google really working on its own dictionary? Does this post have far too many obscure hyperlinks?

Tweets from the Womb

This is creepy:

According to a recent international survey of 2,200 mothers, 81% of children under the age of two currently have some form of online presence — ranging from photos uploaded and shared by their parents, to a full-fledged profile on a social networking site. A full 92% of children in the U.S. have an online presence by the time they are two, compared to 73% in western Europe.

{via mashable}