Did you know that Facebook according to CNN Money has apparently “hijacked” your email account. After reading a couple articles, I checked out my personal account and found out that indeed Facebook put the assigned email they gave me as my default without explicitly asking me! What else is Facebook up to? It is best said in Forbes titled article “Facebook’s Lame Attempt To Force Its Email Service On You.”
Facebook is like a leaky bucket. You have to keep patching up the holes as new ones always seem to appear. In the past, these have been security issues or your image being used on ads without your knowledge. Or, it is the fact that Facebook a while back began filtering your stream so that only certain people appeared and only certain posts by certain people appeared. Facebook has been known to not inform the user base of these types of changes. All 900,000 of us of course pay attention, right?
This social networking site has an agenda. It is to leverage our information for their profit and future profit which is fine by me. We all appreciate the “free” created by the Web 2.0 revolution, but the cost of using the medium requires constant re-learning and evaluation of the opportunity cost we must factor in any Web 2.0 exchange. We must become like a good tax accountant and read up on changes in policy and practice by Facebook or other sites. Wisdom says to keep on it.
When is the last time you audited your Facebook or other social networking privacy policies and seen what your sites might be posting to others on your behalf?