Facebook, the No1 social networking site for college students, is undergoing massive internal turmoil among its online community.
The launch of 2 new features, “News Feed” and “Mini Feed”, which allows for real time updates and tracking of one’s online activitiy, (from new friends added, change in relationship status from attached to single, change in favorite movies etc..) has acquired Facebook the new and unsavory tag of “Stalkerbook”. This is sparking privacy concerns that used to be synonymous with MySpace and not Facebook which offers “exclusive” membership to only college students and certain corporations.
People should understand an online social network is still a really “raw” innovation in terms of its impact on real people’s personal lives, or specifically, the self-realization of that impact by a social network user) Its one thing to want to expose your life on the web but another for everyone to know you are exposed. When you are dealing with real people and their lives, you should be sensitive, more so for Facebooking which is a major part of a college student’s social life. This is not about social networking anymore but social engineering when you try to meddle so much as to make everyone’s Facebook activity so transparent. Be subtle, make the new features opt-in, beta test it before a full public network-wide launch.. is what facebook sould have done.
Of course, there’s way more posts about this highly unpopular feature within the Facebook network, especially the proliferation of anti-Facebook groups, protests and boycotts, ironically within Facebook itself, showing the high dependency of Facebookers’ social life on the network and which had perhaps held the community at ransom to its founders.
There is even one Facebook group that calls itself the “Official Group for Petition” and has amassed more than 100,000 thousands members within one day, (update: it now has 591,888 members at Singapore time 135am , see pic)… UPDATE UPDATE: its up to 601,000+ members at S’pore time 230am) thanks to a new feature called “Global Groups” that enables Facebook-wide, non-college specific group formation.
Looks like Facebook is fast cultivating its reputation as the new “Evil Empire” or the “Old Microsoft”. Where’s their “Scoble”?