And female. Is there hope?

Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

The trouble with location-based features, from a female perspective…

In Facebook, location-based, mobile technology, Privacy, smartphones, Social media on August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The other day I was walking my dog while listening to music on my phone. As I went to change songs, I noticed an ad at the bottom of the app. It was for pet sitting services in my town. MY TOWN?? My heart skipped a beat. Subtle paranoia set in. Looking around I thought…who the hell knows I’m out here with my dog and decided to hit me up with an ad??

Mr. Madison Ave. is getting dangerously close. Now granted, not every dude or person wants to do harm. But for every tons of good folks out there, it only takes one to screw it up. For me, a complimentary beverage or badge isn’t worth the attention of Mr. Stalker across the bar. It just plain creeps me out.

A little harsh? Maybe. Paranoid? Probably. But just my gut. If you’re female and feel differently, by all means tell me.

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Privacy issues and Facebook. More harm than good?

In Privacy, Privacy issues, Privacy policy, Social media, Social Network on April 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

Privacy and Facebook seem to be mutually exclusive. The site continually unlocks more of our information over the internet without our knowledge. Essentially, more dish on our habits means more cash for them.

Will this ultimately backfire? I feel like it will but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I’m more private than public. With stolen identity issues, people’s homes being robbed post tweet, and the backlash from inappropriate posting, etc., I think to err on the side of privacy just makes more sense. The problem is then compounded by the fact that Facebook makes such changes without really telling users or making it easy for them to opt out.

Earlier this week I came across an article in the UK’s Telegraph, written back in January about how Facebook’s founder says privacy is no longer a social norm. (Find that article here.)

Ugh. If that’s the case, at least give me the choice of how, when, and where I’d like to go public.  I’d like to think putting customer choice before profits will never go out of style.