Facebook protest

May 29, 2008

Within two years it will be normal to use a false name on Facebook.

Concerns over the attitude of the company to privacy will continue to compound, eg:

Why can my friend’s applications access *my* personal details?
Why should applications keep my information after I have uninstalled it?
Why aren’t applications policed?

Do I want prospective bosses to be able to stalk me on Facebook?
Why do I have social obligations on a virtual space?

Since people will be using false names eventually anyway, I suggest doing it early as part of a protest. Although such a friendly protest doesn’t solve any of the above problems (people can still search for you by your old name), it might get the message across to the company.

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