Privacy, Facebook and the future of social networking

In my latest for the Guardian, I wonder whether Facebook can survive the crisis created by its self-inflicted privacy fiasco. But I also wonder where Facebook users would go if they decide they’ve had enough.

7 thoughts on “Privacy, Facebook and the future of social networking

  1. Brad Deltan

    Is it worth noting more that Facebook is a product of Harvard grads?

    Tell me again when Harvard ever produced something that didn’t ultimately get used to screw over the rest of the country???

  2. Doug Shugarts

    I ask this question after completing zero research, but isn’t Facebook’s new privacy policy a function of its business model, i.e. hoovering up every last datum about its users and selling quantified audiences to advertisers? I see no other way for any ‘free’ web-2.0 service, including Twitter, to reach profitability.

    I’m certain that I’m part of a tiny, tiny minority who would pay for an ad-free social networking service.

  3. BP Myers

    @Dan wrote: But you might also not necessarily want the world to know about your political views

    I know I didn’t.

    You made me.

  4. Sean Griffin

    “Tell me again when Harvard ever produced something that didn’t ultimately get used to screw over the rest of the country???”

    The Iron Lung.

  5. L.K. Collins

    There may be another element that will limit Facebook:

    People realizing that sharing their entire lives with the internet world has its serious disadvantages, too.

  6. Brad Deltan

    @Sean: “The Iron Lung.”

    A: The old Brookline smoker’s bar?? 😉 j/k

    B: Wow, nothing since? Not exactly a strong track record.

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