Besides, when did people start caring about their privacy again? Have these people seen Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Google+? Instagram?
I can’t pull up my Facebook these days without seeing a barrage of self portraits (seemingly the same picture over and over again of the same people) just taken at different angles or with different Instagram themes. I know who many of these individual’s family members are because they’re tagged in a special section under “Family.” I know about quite a few of my “Facebook friends” frequently fluctuating “relationship statuses,” and it isn’t out of the norm to know if some of these people actually took a shower today. Because trust me, they’ll tell me if, and when, they did.
That’s if the pictures of their dinner haven’t overwhelmed my Facebook wall to the point where all of the other information gets pushed aside. Did you know Jenny ate a meatball sub for dinner last night? Well, I do. Without that knowledge I might not have been able to sleep last night.
Hell, I know where people are without even talking to them. It’s easy. People seem to enjoy tagging themselves damn near everywhere. Not just a random location, the exact location where they currently are. Oh, you’re at the gym right now? The one on Main Street and Fifth? That. Is. Fan—tastic. Hopefully nobody on your Facebook list of friends is a stalker. Because, everyone on your Facebook is a close personal friend, right? All 400 (or more) of them I bet. Quick, list 400 different names—I dare you.
And if Facebook isn’t your thing, there’s always the other options. Hashtag yourself away on Instagram or Twitter, or try and become an internet celebrity by posting a few videos on YouTube.
The greater point about all of the above is that one might want to share their information with people who are friends on Facebook, but only implicitly, unwillingly allows it to be used for commercial interests.
For as long as the government has been collecting information about our every telecommunication, private enterprise has been figuring out ways to monetize our ever like, desire and preference. I’m not pure: Facebook has been on a jag asking me which movies and television shows I like for over a week - I gladly share my tastes.
For me, this takes the steam out of the lead story of the day.