Sep 6, 2006

Facebook Crosses Into the Creepy Zone?

Facebook launched new features that package up various "happenings from your social circles" and stream them straight to your homepage. Founder Mark Zuckerberg tells users to "calm down" because, "This is information people used to dig for on a daily basis, nicely reorganized and summarized so people can learn about the people they care about."

But Mark, the Facebook community formed around the fact that people had to go digging for these bits of info. Just because you can progamatically make it easier to get this info, doesn't mean you should. Maybe let folks try an open beta for a couple weeks first. Valleywag demonstrates how these new features can cross the line into the creepy zone—for some people.

Update#1: danah boyd says it with more authority: "The problem is that sometimes people don't want information to be easier to access."

Update#2: Cameron Marlow has a similar take: "The system has now made peoples actions too transparent, in a way that would limit their ability to express themselves without fear of their privacy being breached. "

Update #3: Facebook founder apologizes and works to fix mistake: "We really messed this one up."


Teresa Valdez Klein said...

I honestly don't think it's all that creepy. I really like the new feed feature. I hated digging around and looking for all this information.

However, I think people should have the option to turn it off. It was lame of Facebook not to include an opt-out feature.

Anonymous said...

Here is a live counter of the number of people who have joined the "Students against Facebook News Feed" group on Facebook..... 300,000 and climbing

Donnie Jeter said...

I love the backlash this is getting - I'm wondering if this could kill facebook? I'm thinking they should settle for that 700+ million they were offered a while back.

A Day without Facebook - I love it!

Anonymous said...

I don't like it when they tell you someone ended a 4:30 a.m. I feel like no one should have to see that.

Interestingly enough, I don't think they tell you who has defriended you, only who has friended you. Hmm.