As I’ve noted many times: on the Internet, content is forever. Even if something is removed from a site or blog, it can be found in the 55 billion pages archived on The Wayback Machine archives. So it’s really hard to understand the growing furor over a new feature launched by Facebook yesterday that is essentially a giant newsfeed on its 9.5 million members. The feed, removes the need to go to the site of every friend or acquaintance in your network every day to see what changes occured to their profile. But it was immediately dubbed dubbed “Stalkerbook” by thousands of protestors, whose ranks are growing exponentially. And that’s just ridiculous.
Emails are flying, exhorting people to “Stop the New Facebook.” And there’s already a blog “A Day Without Facebook,” calling for a Sept. 12th boycott.
Granted, kids – who are the majority of Facebook’s users – may be naive enough to think that they have privacy in their social networks even if they don’t use the optional – and very clear – privacy settings. But the bottom line is, and always has been, if you don’t want the whole world to see it, don’t put it on the Internet.
And, as Michael Arrington notes:
“This means only people you allow to view this data will be able to see it. What appears is based on who you are, who they are, and what rules are set.”
Here’s how the new feeds look. Kinda cool if you ask me: