(S.urveillance) (T.imeline) (O.bligation) (P.rivacy)
S.urveillance – From cookies and the curious to friends abusing the space by checking up on whether things are ‘okay’ when they don’t really care but it makes them feel better if they see a post and assume something good.
T.imeline – This new feature is controversial to a lot of people and understandably so. I prefer to leave the record of my life, the archive of what I want to share with others, to God for final analysis, not Goldman Sachs.
O.bligation – That Facebook would be alongside breakfast and checking the mail is problematic. When something in life tries to add itself to basic human necessities, we should question its true value and the motives of those who are intimately, financially connected to its purposes.
P.rivacy – This is non-existent on Facebook. From advertisers to government agencies to stalkers and whomever it is who reads social media tracking data, this is a major concern.
I have friends and students from all around the world in my current Facebook account. It is truly a great way to stay connected. But they should also know how and where to find me as I am here, and have not moved my online presence. The underlying Facebook corporate model along with the stealthy following doesn’t work for me where I am right now. And yes, it is all about me.