Posts tagged privacy

Frictionless Sharing

Jeff Sonderman, for Poynter, on the latest Facebook privacy brouhaha:

New Facebook-based apps like Washington Post Social Reader, and similar ones from The Guardian and The Daily encourage Facebook users to read their stories and pump all that reading activity out to their friends. […]

This so-called “frictionless sharing” has big problems.

One problem is that the “friction” — the act of choosing what to share, with whom, and how — is what makes sharing meaningful. […]

The fact that my friend read an article is not useful without knowing more. Did he like it? Did he think I would like it? Did it make him laugh, cry, gasp or sigh? Did he read it because his boss or his teacher told him to, or because he was genuinely interested?

Sonderman’s right: on the level of the individual, frictionless sharing is totally creepy. I don’t want all of my Facebook friends reading over my shoulder, and I don’t know anyone who would.

But what about an anonymized aggregate of that information? Imagine a section on the site where your friends’ consumed media are collected and weighted, stripped of the stifling personal information. Now that’d be interesting — and much more useful, too.

Frictionless sharing, so implemented, won’t replace active sharing. They’ll simply exist on two different planes.

Sep. 30, 2011 facebook privacy socialmedia

Dave Pell Nails It Again

Tweetage Wasteland has become one of my very favorite blogs.

I am in awe of the social graph and the power of sharing. But I am worried about group think and a growing inability to be alone. I worry that someday my entire world will be shared, annotated and generally infringed upon by everyone I’ve ever met (and maybe a few hundred million folks I haven’t).

Don’t miss the kicker, something I’m strongly considering.

Apr. 27, 2010 privacy socialmedia

I Walked the Brooklyn Bridge Without Facebook

Couldn’t stop nodding my head while reading this. A nice compliment to Jaron Lanier’s outstanding You Are Not a Gadget.

But to the essay, I must add: There is a choice, even today. Want some solitude? Then turn off the phone.

Apr. 17, 2010 books privacy socialmedia

The More Things Change...

Andy Baio on the aforelinked Please Rob Me.

Feb. 20, 2010 perspective privacy socialmedia

Please Rob Me

The rise of location-based social media holds a lot of promise and benefit for participants. But a legitimate concern about them is that they make it too easy to track where you are. For some people, that’s more information than they want out there.

Well, three guys - Barry Borsboom, Frank Groeneveld, Boy van Amstel - have taken this fear to its logical extension, with their site Please Rob Me.

Feb. 17, 2010 privacy socialmedia