You are the product

So, Facebook’s Timeline is upon us, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Well, in theory one can quit, but I’ve been there, done that. Still, I find Timeline so disturbing that I’m seriously considering giving up on FB again altogether. The thing about the new interface is that it shows you just how much information these sites have on you, and the prospects for misuse are staggering. It is a stalker’s best wish come true (which reminds me of this xkcd).

Other than quitting, you can play around with the Privacy settings yet again, or do as I have just done, and deleted all time-stamped education and work information. The problem is that Facebook has all of this information on you, and it seems clear that it does not delete it, or make it go away. Until we have some better of regulation about online privacy, we will continue to be at the mercy of the End User Agreement.

Having said that, I’m sort of having fun reading some of my earlier status updates. I particularly enjoyed this series from 2007:

“Fighting for world peace.
Thinking world peace is over-rated.
Giving up on world peace altogether and has learned to love the bomb.”

Oh, the wit… I just crack myself up [I need to work out a way to indicate sarcasm more adequately].

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