By Richi Jennings
. May 19, 2010. The Facebook privacy backlash continues. Now fights are breaking out, as internal debate heats up over what to do. Mark Zuckerberg could be making an embarrassing climbdown soon. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers graze absently like ruminants on a vast Serengeti of information.
Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention Chris Cotter's ex-wife's wedding dress... Jessica E. Vascellaro says Facebook "can't afford not to act":
The site's privacy travails have ... put pressure on [CEO] Zuckerberg, who argues ... that its users should be more open with their information. He has at times over-ruled employees. ... Executives and other employees have hunkered down ... debating how to address the backlash. ... Some changes to Facebook's privacy settings could be announced as soon as this week. Patricio Robles climbs aboard the cluetrain:
Facebook has launched new features every few months, frequently provoking privacy concerns. ... [But] Mr. Zuckerberg ... believes users should and will want to make more information about themselves public.
Being likeable is important. ... Likability helps foster ... trust. ... How many individuals and companies do you dislike, but trust? Probably very few. ... If your customers (or users) trust you, the odds are far higher that they'll stick by you. ... Even at the individual level, it's no surprise that the best salespeople ... are charismatic. Nick O'Neill agrees:
On the internet, ... word of mouth spreads fast, so if you're a total jerk, word will get out. ... Hopefully Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg will figure that out.
Im still wondering why Mark Zuckerberg ... hasnt made a formal announcement. ... Perhaps this is a test of Marks ability to delegate some of the communication ... however Im pretty sure that most people want to hear ... from Marks own mouth (or at least a blog post). Ryan Singel tracks Facebook's public statements:
Facebook will be rolling out new simplistic privacy options for its users [soon] according to Facebook's ... Tim Sparapani. ... [I] suppose that at least new users will be given some broad options to choose from along the lines of Im an exhibitionist, I like sharing with a lot of people, but not everybody and Im a private person who just wants to share with friends and family. Which made Danny Sullivan incandescent with rage:
Sparapani also touted Facebooks recent unveiling of the Like button. ... We have customized every single website out there for people who choose to have it. ... That is an extraordinary gift to the public.
Thats an extraordinary rewriting of history. ... Facebook didnt just suddenly invent personalized web sites, and its grating to hear a spokesperson try and create that myth. Meanwhile, Alex Wilhelm mentions Quit Facebook Day on May 31:
Please dont rewrite history. Please dont make claims that are patently untrue. And please dont suggest that your business moves are about making extraordinary gifts to the public.
Exactly what form these controls will manifest themselves in has yet to be fully released. ... The question becomes is this too little, too late? And Finally...My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress
Some users have organized a day to quit Facebook as a group to protest the websites alleged privacy abuses. While they are on the extreme end of the discussion, their opinion need to noted as partially indicative.
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