Woke up this morning remembering a post that flew by my radar screen yesterday. You know the ones, where something catches your eye, but you don’t have time to read it. You keep the tab open on your browser hoping to get back to it and then Mozilla crashes and you can’t do a restore and it becomes lost in the ever-flowing river of new content across your screen.
In this case I was hoping it was just a bad dream from the night before. Googled the keywords ‘Facebook-New-Friends’ and discovered this lovely post from the Facebook Blog written yesterday (10/28/10): Telling the Story of Friendships No dream but a potential real-life privacy nightmare!
Writer Wayne Kao states:
A few months ago, I began a small project to build a page devoted to friendships. A few interns and I started a prototype during an all-night hackathon, and then one of our designers jumped in. For all of us, it’s been a labor of love.
Basically Facebook has created a way for all of the interactions between ‘Friends’ including comments, pics, videos, events you have RSVP’d for, etc. to be depicted in one place. Very similar to the Wall-to-Wall conversations that you could see between friends that you were also attached to.
So I see this as major voyeurism with huge stalker opps and a good reason why you should choose your Friends wisely. I realize that we are all responsible for the content that we put out and that a basic assumption should be that absolutely nothing is private on the net, but there are still those moments when you are alone with your phone or pc screen and you forget that there is a whole big world out there watching you….
(And don’t even get me started on the teens & young adults who post like they’re in the lavatory….)
So take a look, check out the new Friends Pages and let me know what you think.