In times of PRISM I decided to delete my Facebook account, a second time. My main reasons are the following:
I want to be in control of my data
I want to be in control of the data that I share.
I am concerned about my privacy and therefore I do want to be in control of my data (or at least in as much control as possible)
I do not want to have anybody else making aggregations and connections concerning my profiles apart the ones that I explicitly create.
I do not agree that Facebook claims that everything I post/like/share on this social media platform has anything to do with my real life. Actually I am aware of my posts and likes and I was always posting keeping in mind that potentially everybody has access to this content. Facebook Timeline does not reflect my life in any sense. In order to prevent others from thinking so I at least have to be controlling all the activity going on on my timeline or delete my entire account. The latter was the better option for me.
Second I am a computer scientist who has some knowledge on machine learning, social media analytics and user profiling techniques and knows how to apply them. So I do know what you can do with data on Facebook and I don’t want to be subject of such action.
I want to focus on more important things
I want to spend my time in a more productive manner rather than keeping track and correcting updates on facebook (probably made by others)
I do not want to use Facebook just as a tool of promoting myself (there are other social media platforms which better suite this use case such as linkedin or xing)
I want to spend more time maintaining my blog and less time feeding social networks with the latest gossip news
I am not a Social Media Expert
I do not want to read only filtered information that Facebook thinks is important to me (well I am aware that Google does the same but at least there is some kind of excape to search for information on other sources
These are some of my reasons for deleting my Facebook account. What do you think about this?
Today was the kick-off meeting of NOSQL Summer here in Graz, Austria.
A NOSQL Summer is a network of local reading groups, that will decipher & discuss NOSQL-related articles, from late June to early September 2010. Each group sets its own meeting pace (usually once a week or once every two weeks) and select which papers are up for discussion.
At every cycle, members read the selected paper at home and then meet up for an hour or so to discuss, debate and answer their own questions.
The paper then gets annotated and is published again on the NOSQL Summer website.
Four of our in the meantime already 12 local swimmers decided to join the first meeting and dived into interesting topics regarding NOSQL and distributed computing with fellow geeks. We were reading and discussing the article called “On Designing and Deploying Internet-Scale Services” (PDF) written by James Hamilton. Our discussion was first driven this article but soon also covered other topics:
Philosophicaldiscussions on how current and past society deals with privacy specially in cloud contexts
There were a lot of different opinions and views on using internet-services and the cloud for storing and processing one’s own data. Do you prefer to keep your data in a cloud or do you prefer to host all of your data by your own? We did not find one common answer to these questions and I guess you either won’t find one. It was an interesting meeting with friends and I am already looking forward to the next one.
The next NOSQL Summer Meeting will be announced through the NOSQL Summer Website but I can already give you the date. It will take place on the 4th of August 2010, hosted at the campus of Graz University of Technology again.
If you are interested in NOSQL or distributed computing and distributed storage then just subscribe to the NOSQL Summer Group of Graz and we will keep you informed on the next paper to read and on the next interesting dates.
The following video visualizes some recent social media statistics interestingly. Quite impressing how social media has developed over the last year. Facebook for example has gained 200 million users in just one year. That’s incredible …
I agree that it has not become easier to control privacy specially in the scope of Facebook. I do not really know what data which I publish on Facebook stays there, do you know? Actually when posting on Facebook I keep in mind that everything that I provide is for anybody to use. This you should also keep in mind when you act on Facebook.