I never was into social networking, not for long anyway, I've been forced by circumstances, AKA trying to push my career, since I work online. I can't really deal with all the shallow dumb shit people dump everywhere on the web, as if somehow someone should care. Sure, I care for the shallow dumb shit my friends spur, but those are not many.
I feel the need to share with those friends I have online, and for that I have a private album somewhere else, not a social network, where I display my naked sexy pics... okay, just pics of my pet and me, and other boring crap. I do pretty much what your average Joe does online, I just prefer some sort of privacy, less noise and less drama.
But people needing the devotion of many to feel accomplished and people gossiping about others, aren't new riveting concepts, and that's exactly the catch: that's what brought chicks to post duckfaces on myspace, that's what brought douchbags to tweet every single step they take, that's what brought your parents to play farmville on FB, that's what gave Mark Zuckerberg his $17.5 billions**.
I hear many complaints about the privacy, but from my experiment with social networks, I found out they know as much as you want to. It's your choice signing up and giving all that sensitive information for them to manipulate.
For instance, I knew of lastfm since 2008, it's a great way to find music. It wasn't until 2010 I started scrobbling (sending data of what I listen to, for them to store and show publicly on my profile), I thought about it for months: "Revealing what I listen to!? Oh the nerve" but I find it handy and I do not regret it.
At some point, I noticed my lastfm acquaintances were "leaking" on FB, and now, you can pretty much connect all your accounts, and all your "friends". They know on FB what you like on youtube, or what you read on X news site. It does feel like invasion of privacy, but again, what are you really giving up here? Who's the one to blame?
But what are they really doing? Just getting richer, adding some billions to the $16.7 billions Larry Page (Google's co-founder and CEO) has**. They don't really care about you, the individual who googles "cute cat", or "pedo necro scat furry gay porn". We're just getting profiled and targeted for marketing, people, we're not individuals for them, just branded sheep.
Am I the only one noticing they ask you for more personal information, in order to "protect" your personal information? It's like redundant joke. "Add your phone number, to protect your account", "your credit card number..." Access to you, your money, that's all. They already got your attention and loyalty; many persons even report addiction to fucking FB and Twitter, for Cthulhu's sake. I don't even understand how that happens, those are the most boring sites on the internet, they're full of people I don't care for, or people I could talk to directly, without them spamming me with their little predicaments 24/7.
There's this thing I noticed, sometimes when I google something, some of my gmail contacts pop in a small section above "One of your contacts googled the same you googled". What the hell do I need that information for? Why do I need to know if my clients have the same fetish I do? Or the same medical issues I want to read about? Why why WHY? And the problem is not fucking google, the problem is THE PEOPLE, the fucking users and their unwarranted self-importance, who keep biting the bait, for a little of attention and a space in my subconscious to advertise their pathetic lives.
What you do on the internet seems to be a big deal, after all people have gotten in all sorts of legal troubles with the authorities, because of their online activities. The rat is often an acquaintance of the offender nonetheless, who contacts the authorities. So think twice before whining on a site with your "friends".
And then there's the problem with content creators. This guy explains the problem with the new TOS.
In resume he says YT now can use and modify his videos, use it for marketing on national TV. Okay, call me insane but Youtube can pay $100 million to Hollywood producers and crew to make 96 new exclusive YT channels. So I don't think they'll dig the stuff, these amateurs are producing, to exploit them on national TV. Just sayin'
Not only that, but these persons are making money out YT, and have a place to broadcast their stuff. And there's this option, I've used myself which hides the vids you upload, making them available to watch via direct linking. They could do that, and they could not receive money from YT. And now they're complaining?
I draw the line. I voice my opinion against something I find detrimental, like my past article on SOPA and PIPA. This is not it, the ones to blame here are ourselves and all the attention junkies. I really had a inner debate about this issue, because Google owns half of the internet, these persons aren't stupid, but this is a crime with a willful victim. And I'm done with this topic, now I'm gonna watch some pedo necro scat furry gay porn.
**Notice I conveniently added the estimated fortunes of these guys have made out of us, while all we have now is the attention of 1000 bored strangers, if anything.