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Questions to ponder about sharing information on Facebook

Posted by Pete McBreen Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:34:00 GMT

An interesting take on the implications of sharing data on Facebook… What should you think about when using Facebook?

We are social animals, and we are wired to want to connect, want approval, want to share, and want to organize on the platform where everyone else is, and this, for now, is in Facebook’s advantage. Additionally, it’s hard to say that Facebook is all bad: it does connect people, it has helped organize meetups and events, and it does make the world more interconnected.

But, as Facebook’s users, we and our data are its product. And, as we understand more about how this data is being used, we can still play on Facebook’s playground, by its rules, but be a little smarter about it.

One amusing part of this article is that it is hosted on github, another social sharing platform. It is as if even tech people find it too much trouble to host their own data.