Earlier today I was browsing Facebook when I looked on the sidebar and saw Facebook giving me a list of "People You (I) May Know." I decided to checkout a few people because we had a few hundred "Mutual Friends." One person's page I visited literally only had their name and "You have 241 mutual Friends." Sadly, I've also receive Friend Requests from people with whom I have a large number of mutual friends, but they still don't share any information about who there are. (side note for the next sentence: I got to small school of 600 kids from grades 7-12, so you see everyone) I might not know these people by name, but maybe I've seen them in the halls at school and just don't know there name because they're in a different grade. I am unable to accept their request, but I also do not want to deny the request either.
This is one example of something that was annoying me earlier today, but I know there is more problems of privacy actually hurting the social experience. It all tends to do with the restrictions on the flow of information to & from people who have no bad intent.
Are people overreacting to some of their privacy concerns?
PS I know this wasn't the best questions, but I know people understand what I'm talking about and there has to be a few people who agree with me.
PPS To quote Eric Schmidt "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" and here Chris on the subject http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=m_SbumJX-No#t=149s
asked Jan 14 '12 at 14:27
I think a good portion of social media information should be public. I share most of my profile with the public, besides stuff like phone numbers and addresses. Most of my pictures and YouTube videos are also public, and my status never have anything that I would want to hide. However, there are a few pictures that I prefer to only share with my Family circle. No body else really has the need to see them.
However back on topic, I do think some people are over-reacting. I think your quote from Eric Schmidt is pretty good. But then again, everyone uses social media differently. I personally only circle people that I know well, or circle those people that I like to follow, in a different circle (like Chris). This way, if I did want to share something with just the people I know, I could just share it to my circles instead of the world. Or, if the post is school specific, I could share it just with the people that go to my school, or usually the people that are on my sports team. I really don't use Facebook that much anymore, so I'm not sure how the same privacy measures could be replicated over there. I know Facebook has Lists, but Facebook was terribly wrong in creating them, and I didn't feel like having to re-do all of them. Because of this, I only use Facebook for sharing to the public.
answered Jan 14 '12 at 17:29