Facebook and the social web

As has recently been much discussed and debated, the Facebook’s Open Graph reveals plainly what has been known by some for a while: Businesses want to own your online identity.

Why? Because they can make money with it. Facebook, being a private corporation, becomes more valuable the more everyone interacts through its channels. With Open Graph, it has taken a bold step forward and declared that the You on the internet is owned by it.

Perhaps you’re ok with this. I’m not. You could quit Facebook entirely. I’ve chosen instead to reduce the access and information it has about me, and I will be interacting via the web in a different way than Facebook desires in the future.

If you’d like to begin disconnecting your online self with Facebook, I recommend this article on how to manage your online self settings. Unfortunately, FB is making it difficult to manage even your own information on the internet. I will be trying to stay ahead of the curve on this, while still mantaining the real benefits that FB and other social networking sites provide. My small diatribe against it’s recent developments is printed below:

  • Inspired after thinking about some of the concepts presented in “You are not a gadget” I am reducing my agreement with the modern web to wait for a more human iteration. My involvement in LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook is thus diminishing. I do want to to see the web to be a means for people to connect, to interact, and to share life, but I don’t want corporate entities dictating the terms of those relationships.
  • I encourage others to examine the reductionist form applied to people on such sites; are you really a list of your favorite books and changes in status? Is that what you want the social web to reflect?
  • You can learn more about me here on this site, and I’ll be redirecting most of the “social networking” sites to here. If you’d like to contact me, my email is readily available and on the left side of this page.
  • Glory to God, this web allows brand new things and a new ways to interact as humans, but let’s make it what we want.