Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to an audience at the TechCrunch Crunchie awards about privacy and their descision to automatically make all content open and publicly available by default.

His statement and reasoning is that privacy is no longer a “social norm”.  Essentially that we should assume everything we say and do will be made publicaly available.

Bullshit.

This is an all-out lie, plain and simple.

The reasoning for Facebook to open up their content – and actually their users content – to the public is about money and nothing else.

Zuckerberg is now the head of a major corporation.  Corporations are essentially viruses… they need to grow and spread or they’ll die.

By opening up Facebook to the public, they’re opening up their content to search engines and increased page views.  This turns into greater ad impressions, more sign-ups, and so forth.

That’s the only thing this is about.  nothing else.

Privacy Made Facebook

The fact that Facebook was a closed, private network is the ONLY reason why Facebook survived.  Without it, it’s just Myspace but with less clutter.

This is the same reason why users 16-24 do not use Twitter… it’s too public.  This group – your future paycheck Facebook – will not take to this change.

The New Social Network will be Private

Nothing lasts forever… First there was Friendster, then Myspace, now Facebook.

Tomorrow, it will be ____________. (Insert Hip, Privacy related name here)

And yes, it will be that simple.

It took me less than an hour to switch over from Myspace to Facebook and cancel my old account.  It will probably even shorter with the new network.  Users will simply be able to point the new system to their old, dead (and publicly available) facebook profile and it will import EVERYTHING.  Friends, conversations, pictures…. everything.

If you think it won’t happen.  Open your eyes.  Nobody will be using Facebook in few years.  And why?

Greed.  Plain, shortsighted corporate greed.

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