Mind Your Own Business

It is no secret that social networking is the new big thing. The platform you choose is completely up to you. However, the fastest growing and most widely used in the United States is without a doubt Facebook.com.

Seems Facebook was heading in the right direction with more than 350 millions users worldwide… or so they thought. Since Facebook.com launched their new privacy announcement and settings this week an onslaught of criticism has come about. Privacy experts and security firms are strongly advising against users excepting Facebook.com’s new recommended settings.

What could be so bad? A privacy update sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? The social network’s idea of a privacy update is encouraging their users to share greater amounts of data with “everyone.” While the Facebook spins this as “setting a new standard in user control” they obviously also want more people to make information public. In doing so they will be making their partners with Google and Bing that much stronger.

Granted the idea behind social networks is to connect, share information, and receive instantaneous information about others, but within reason. The way that Facebook is looking to alter user’s setting would make their information public not just within the network, but via search engines.