By Brittany Davenport
Everyone who’s the least bit Internet savvy is already in the know about the not-so-cool facelift Facebook recently underwent. All the rants and lack of raves about the new layout and the feeding of information and the questions of why students don’t appreciate this new form of internet stalking isn’t such a mystery.Now since Mark Zuckerberg addressed all users by plastering an apology on the home page, the topics at hand have changed. Zuckerberg regretted not informing Facebookers about the intentions of his new “feed” feature. What else could it be used for if not stalking? Apparently that’s a close-minded assumption of the Facebook add-on. So, what are the perks of this feeding frenzy?
First and foremost, each and every user must admit to Facebook/My Space/Google stalking. You know you looked up that guy in your 9:05 class to see if he was single, you know you checked to see what movies, music, TV shows and activities he likes. Don’t lie to yourself. You did it, now ‘fess up, if not out loud at least to yourself. Maybe there should be a 12-step program for such a thing, but anyways.
With this new “Feedbook,” you can cut countless corners in your search for diehard information. Not only does it allow you to get up-to-date info on all your friends and their friends who mention them and your other friends, you’re also alerted when Suzy is single and Joe is no longer looking for a relationship and then again when Suzy is in another relationship, and so on and so on. Don’t forget George had just added “I don’t get drunk, I get crunk,” to his groups. This being so vitally important to users’ daily existence. Especially to said existence on Facebook.
The new features were an outrage – and still are, apology or not. The immediate response of all the Facebook fiends was to rebel in the only way the true mind of a Facebook fanatic would.
“I signed up for all ‘hate the new Facebook’ groups,” senior chemistry major Johnna Floyd said.
The number of anti-feed Facebook groups that came to life after that dreadful feed appeared was uncanny. They came in swarms. Titles range from “I hate the new Facebook” to “Locking my underwear drawer lest Facebook report it to everyone.”
But, is privacy violated? Or is it that users just want people to know a little about them, not a lot? They don’t care to show that they’re in a relationship, but they do care if people can see it immediately after it’s posted? Is there a difference? Steve Phillips, a senior chemistry major, said Facebook crossed the line.
“I don’t think they should have went as far as they did. He made an apology … I think it will work out in the end,” Phillips said.
Yes, you can turn the new features off and yes, it’s all thanks to those people who made those “down with feed on Facebook” groups, and who posted notes about the subject, and not to mention the loads of online news sites and newspapers that reported all the commotion. What is now taking up your homepage is a reminder of how to keep your privacy.
Here’s Facebook’s suggestion to keep your information private: Do just that, keep it private!
1.Go to My Privacy on the navigation bar. Here you can show different information to different people.
2.Using limited profiles, you can hide chosen information from people, including your friends.
3.Be invisible to someone by blocking them.
Facebook encourages user to make sure privacy settings are set the way they want them.
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