Social Networking and Privacy

Facebook Privacy PolicyI’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.

DiasporaSadly, 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.