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Your Oversharing is Good Business for Facebook

Posted By Alex Bigman On May 16, 2010 @ 11:38 pm In News,Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

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We, the kids these days, rode the social networking wave from its inception as its target members. We get it pretty good by now. This New York Times article [1], building off a study from none-other-than, UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Center for Law and Technology [2], takes a look at the current state of privacy on Facebook and how we’re reacting. Read on for our handy little condensation:

Oversharing is Good Business for Facebook: Their advertisers like it when you spill lots of detailed information, because that way they can target people more effectively. So, Facebook makes oversharing as tempting and easy as possible. Our facebook currently has ads for “Cal Phone Covers” and “Fun Ideas in the Bay Area.” Clearly they got nuffin’ on us.

Facebook Isn’t Good at Keeping Your Information Safe: People hack that sh*t alarmingly often. Just a few weeks ago, a breach allowed users to see their friends’ private chats and other info that should not have been disclosed.

So We’re Getting Mistrustful: According to the UC Berkeley survey, 88% of 18-24 year olds would require by law that Facebook delete stored personal info and 62% would require by law that Facebook make available to members everything it knows about them.

As Paranoid as Our Parents, Just Handling It Better: According to a Pew study, 18-29 year olds are way better at monitoring privacy settings and pruning their Facebooks (deleting unfortunate statuses, etc. …) than old people. That’s kind of obvious. We’re better at most things.

Happy sharing-with-future-employers-in-mind!

Image Source: Bryan Veloso [3] under Creative Commons
Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline [NYT [1]]

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[1] This New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/fashion/09privacy.html?src=me&ref=homepage

[2] Berkeley Center for Law and Technology: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/

[3] Bryan Veloso: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avalonstar/104526583/

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