Facebook’s Gone Rogue

It’s Time for an Open Alternative

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote at SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, 2009. | Jim Merithew / Wired.com

Ryan Singel, Wired | Full Story | Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination. It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.

Facebook used to be a place to share photos and thoughts with friends and family and maybe play a few stupid games that let you pretend you were a mafia don or a homesteader. It became a very useful way to connect with your friends, long-lost friends and family members. Even if you didn’t really want to keep up with them.

Soon everybody—including your uncle Louie and that guy you hated from your last job—had a profile.

And Facebook realized it owned the network.

Then Facebook decided to turn “your” profile page into your identity online—figuring, rightly, that there’s money and power in being the place where people define themselves. But to do that, the folks at Facebook had to make sure that the information you give it was public.

So in December, with the help of newly hired Beltway privacy experts, it reneged on its privacy promises and made much of your profile information public by default. That includes the city that you live in, your name, your photo, the names of your friends and the causes you’ve signed onto. >>

Related: Facebook’s Plan for World Domination | Mother Jones 10.05.08

Related: Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook | NY Times 10.05.11


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