Social Networking: Are We Sharing Too Much On The Web?
April 22, 2010
(ChattahBox) – At this point you have probably heard about the changes that are coming to Facebook. More or less, they are a (successful) attempt by the Internet social networking giant to expand its’ reach across the web. But are we entering an era of too much shared too easily?
The consequences of being too open on your social networking profile has long been established. Websites like Lamebook have popped up all over the Internet dedicated almost exclusively to this purpose.
But with the new changes announced by Facebook earlier this week, sharing is going to get a whole lot easier, and the Internet a great deal smaller.
The major point to the changes is that Facebook has created deals with various websites (such as: CNN, MTV, IMDB, NY Times, El Mundo, ect) to offer ‘like’ buttons. These are like the buttons you have on your profile, but will allow you to press to show thing you enjoy from all over the web on your activity feed.
This will put your picture with a link to your profile onto the website itself, showing you enjoyed it. You may have already seen this happening on some sites, where a friend became a ‘fan’ from their profile.
This won’t generally require you to log in, if you have been logged in recently and didn’t log out. The data will transfer to these other websites to allow you to share with friends. Again, you may have seen this happening already with some sites that have Facebook toolbars.
Since when did it become the ‘in’ thing to lay yourself out so openly for anyone to see? We now live in a culture dedicated to creating pages upon pages of little ‘McFacts’ about ourselves in place of getting to know people face to face. Technology has become the new speed dating, coffee with friends, and getting-to-know-you activities.
With Facebook now expanding almost literally everywhere we are giving up even more of our privacy for the sake of showing “friends” things we like.
What is worst is the craze has expanded to most major media outlets, such as CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and others.
I will admit to having a Facebook, but I know every person on my friends list personally. I have friends, however, who have hundreds upon hundreds of people on their lists. What are they showing these strangers? What will we now be showing other strangers on these websites?
Are we taking the Social Networking era a little too far?