It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Open Graph: Facebook wants you to tell the story of who you are. They want you from birth through life to record your timeline..what you eat, what you do, what you share, what you write, what you listen to, what you say - all that you do on the internet. It's a living breathing photo album of your life with narration. You know what, that's pretty freaking cool technology. However, on the internet??? No thanks. Is nothing sacred anymore? I'm a huge tech and gadget lover, considered among some of my peers to be on the cutting edge of social media (I'm not, I just play one on the internet). However a timeline of my life is not something I am interested in sharing, let alone knowing about anyone else. Is that just me? Government agencies are salivating at having all this information at their fingertips.
Imagine you get into a car accident and the other person eventually dies from the accident. The news media pulls up your life story about how you did this and that, and the whole world judges you. Perhaps an employer looks at your timeline, sees you are Republican, and decides there's no way I'm hiring this conservative wack job. Or you were at some peace protest, and your employer supplies parts to the military.
There's something cool about the emerging technology, yet at the same time scary. Perhaps because I just can't grasp the whole timeline of one person being recorded for all to see. I love time capsules...I just don't want Facebook owning it, sharing it...selling it? Yes I want that information...yet I don't anyone but a select few to have it or see it. I certainly am not going to trust the storm troopers at Facebook to guard my privacy.
Do you see what they are doing here? They are latching on to what make's people buy things. What makes people watch? It's what makes the lemmings follow each other off of the cliff. That data, while cute to be shared, is what will drive their revenue. Advertisers would kill to play on those emotions, the same ones that drive people to wait in line for hours for the next game, the same one that get people to watch a television show. People like to show off, they like to shout out. They like to be apart of something. Sharing your entire life is a marketers dream, a government agencies perfect tool. The narcissist's mirror.
It's no longer Social Networking. It is now Social Sharing. I'm at a loss here. What was once super cool, is now becoming super convoluted. I need someone to explain this to me.