Friday, June 4, 2010

Please Take A Moment To Vote In the Current Facebook Poll... Thank You.

Faced with privacy control problems as well as a damning IM exchange he had as a 19 yr old undergrad at Harvard, 25 yr old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got out the proverbial pail and started bailing with an open letter published in the Washington Post. You can read more on the story by visiting the following link:

Contrite Facebook CEO promises new privacy controls

However, talk is just like a $5 hooker (cheap) so it remains to be seen if Zuckerberg will be a man of his word. What do you think?

Zuckerberg may want to keep that pail on standby: a movie about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, is scheduled to open on October 15, 2010.


Dave Vacilek said...

With the $5 hooker, you may not get screwed very well. Zuckerberg, on the other hand... Malcolm knows how I feel about this due to my actions over the weekend. I deleted my FB account (which I used numerous times a day and had 110 friends or so). I then started up another account under an old nickname and I will no longer share any personal info, photos, or videos on the site. I realize my life is much more public than I would like it to be and know that deleting my account was more of a stand against "the man" (or more like "the billionaire boy") than a real attempt at privacy. It doesn't help that I am the only David Vacilek on the planet either...

Candy Minx said...

Um, I am a bit of a gullible person...but I think people will leave fb if the ceo doesn't improve privacy. And i believe he is sincere.

Jessica The Rock Chick said...

I do believe he's sincere about it, yes. I also understand there is something very "unprivate" about social networking. I'm torn about the issue. I think if it's a problem or concern for people, then, like Dave, they should really be limiting what they post if they want to participate. On a personal level with reconnecting with old friends, staying in touch with current friends and even making new ones (like you!), I get WAY more out of it than I'm concerned about it.

Dave Vacilek said...

Amber said...

I have a facebook account but I got it in 2004, when facebook had just started out, and I was in college. I rarely use it now and have always thought there was something creepy and Big Brother-ish about it, even when I was a more active facebooker.

I think Zuckerberg will try to turn things around now that everyone's outraged or whatever. But if he were truly sincere he would have safeguarded user privacy from the get-go and none of this would even be an issue.

Whenever I see this kid (who is only a year younger than me) I remember this interview he gave on the Today Show where he was wearing adidas slippers, jeans, and I think, a hoodie. It was just a total debacle and made him seem like a jerk. I hope they include that moment in the movie.

Lori said...

I think he's probably torn being popular and making a profit. i doubt if "doing the right thing" is even part of the equation . . .

David Vacilek said...

Amber: 2004 would have been around the time that Mark had this IM exchange with a friend.

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don't know why.

Zuck: They "trust me"

Zuck: Dumb fucks.

If that doesn't tell you what he thinks of everyone's privacy...I don't know what will.

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