For whom the bell tolls?

Privacy. It has become “hot topic” as number of people who use social networking tools grows and it seems that it will be so for a while.

Recent case, provoking a protest storm across the internet, is about Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder. According to Mark Zuckerberg, privacy is no longer a social norm. (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3848950)

So, should we get over it? Really?

Look, what did Zuckerberg say:

“People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time. We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.”

Have the current social norms really evolved? Someone had better remind Zuckerberg that being social and sharing openly are not being naked* on the net ( naked on the net : to be visible with all his/her private information)

Numbers tell us different story about that social norm : http://fstutzman.com/2009/03/09/ny-times-botches-sns-privacy/

Michael Zimmer, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who has done extensive research on social media, said Zuckerberg’s comments seemed calculated to make users and advertisers feel more at ease with sharing online. That’s the world he wants, so he makes statements to make it seem as if it is true. Social-Network sites need users to share information, and any attempts to limit that sharing is contrary to SNS business models.” (http://www.crm-daily.com/story.xhtml?story_id=13000005HZQC)

Is privacy a social norm of the past as more people use social networking tools?

End of Privacy or Time for Privacy?

For whom the bell tolls?

Of course,  The bell tolls for you.

Anyway, share and drink responsibly and dream of a warm country :)

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