I’ve always been somewhat of a privacy advocate. An introvert by nature, I don’t like people sticking their nose in my business. It’s not because I have something to hide, or that I’m embarrassed of some aspect of my life. I simply want to be left alone.
When I’m alone, I’m in my comfort zone. I don’t have to worry about making someone else happy. I don’t have to worry about whether or not someone approves of my opinions or actions. Is that selfish of me?
Is it selfish that I don’t want strangers knowing what I ate for breakfast, or what my favorite color is? Is it selfish that I don’t want to be profiled for corporate profiteering? Perhaps it is, and I’m OK with that.
…and so my official homepage is born. I’ve permanently deleted my Facebook and Google+ profiles. I never had a personal Twitter account, and MySpace died years ago. They’re all in bed with the NSA, and I simply don’t approve of that.
Sadly, there isn’t a clear alternative to the behemoths of social networking at the moment. Diaspora is a great idea, but I’m skeptical whether it can appeal to the masses. As much as I would like to see mass migrations to the Diaspora network, I just don’t think that’s going to happen. Until a social network with strong privacy policies emerges, you’ll find me here.