A Timeline of Facebook user privacy freak-out

Hidden story on Facebook timeline

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas

Get around to writing post about how Facebook’s decision to make old posts more visible on Timeline as the standard view is going to turn around and bite them after everybody – well, at least, this guy’s 16-year-old son – start realizing what utter boobs they’ve been in the past few years and so thus start wiping away all their most juicy, mortifying junk

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas

So I try to access other people’s past, juicy, mortifying Junklines to see what utter boobs they’ve been in the past few years

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas
9:17 pm

Only I realize Timeline hasn’t been publicly launched yet on Facebook, and heaven knows when it will, given that FB’s being sued over the Timeline trademark by a certain “Timelines.com,” thus forcing a delayed public launch and garnering Timelines.com a bucket of “Who the *&^% are you and why don’t you post more often if you matter???” Facebook page comments

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas
9:18 pm

So then I spend an enjoyable 5 minutes reading scorn-imbued Timelines.com page posts until I realize I still need to write this post

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas
9:30 pm

But it occurs to me that I really never should have solicited funding on Facebook to buy that silver sequined gown at Goodwill (being too cheap to buy it myself) in return for going out for a drink with any persons donating ≥$5, so I wonder if maybe I should sign up as a Timeline “developer” myself and remove that post and, particularly, oh God, that picture..

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas
9:45 pm

..has to come down, really, I mean, like, now, before FB settles the Timelines.com trademark scuffle and makes Timeline the standard, horrifyingly public view of what youthful indiscretions I may or may not have committed in the past.

Did I already take that picture down? Oh God, I hope I already took it down after my therapist said “You really should take it down, already, Lisa, take that picture down.”

Lisa VaasLisa Vaas
10:59 pm

Ahhh, I see, now that I’ve gained early access to Timeline, I learn that Facebook’s optimistic about a public launch on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

That gives Facebook users a decent six days to freak out about the utter demolishment of privacy Timeline is about to rain down upon us. Not that we’re all scurrying around to take down our grimy little Facebook thumbprints. As Techwag pointed out, some of us are downright gleeful that all this personal information is going to be readily available.

Like, say, the pr0n industry.

I mean, just think of it: Facebook’s going to be auto-sharing what you do. Around the Web. Not just photos or the movies you’re watching on Netflix. Your browsing paths. All those interesting little places you go, or, OK, maybe, those places you inadvertently get sucked into (no pr0n pun intended) without even knowing it.

“Imagine my surprise to see a couple of porn sites this morning using Facebook Connect, and yes, they knew who I was,” writes blogger rmorrill on Techwag.

“What this means is that if a porn site uses passive sharing options on Facebook, has ‛like’ buttons on its page or allows people to sign into their site using your Facebook details then all of that will now be recorded on your timeline,” notes the Herald Sun.

People are understandably a bit utterly completely thoroughly freaking out. Of course, Facebook has made it as simple as pie to edit your Timeline, if you like pie that’s really bad. It amounts to a grueling item-by-item scouring, a drop-down click for each item.

Is this what Facebook wanted? All this frantic zipping-up? Will Timeline result in more holistic views of your acquaintances (so that’s what you looked like when you were newborn: red and crinkly), or will users’ urge to share start to shrivel up?

Or maybe, just maybe, could it be as bad as this comment portends? From chipmason on the “my 16-year-old is wiping Facebook clean” story: “My 15 yr old said same thing ‛I hate the new Facebook…my friends aren’t using it as much now.’”

Yikes. Mark Zuckerberg, maybe your personal Timeline should right about now show some rethinking on how much of your users’ personal information you choose to make public as standard.

Hidden story on Facebook timeline