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Sep. 8th, 2006 09:26 am
inwaterwrit: (Brain)
I feel like I should say something. I mean, everyone else has. So, I feel like I should put my two cents in. Or maybe that's why I shouldn't. But I'm going to.

This whole "mini-feed" thing? It actually doesn't bother me. Or, rather, it doesn't bother me now that there's a privacy setting to control it.

I mean, think about it. It doesn't tell you anything you couldn't figure out for yourself. It's not showing who you're sending messages to or poking, and it promises it never will. I think certain aspects are kinda neat. "Hey look, those two people I know are now facebook friends. Neat. I like it when people I know also know each other." If you're paranoid about people knowing that you've done the things the mini-feed shows, like updating, changing pictures, adding friends, then don't do them. They've always been public features. And if you've got this problem where you attract stalkers... uh, facebook was never the place for you to begin with.

Do I think it was poorly implemented? Sure. They never should have released it before the proper privacy settings were ready. I think it's still not finished, because there should be a setting for what you actually want to see from your friends' mini-feeds. Otherwise, it's this big, long stream of information I don't care about clogging up my home page. Also, I think it shows up in a shitty place in people's profiles. It breaks up the flow. It should be down at the bottom, under the main profile, where it's less conspicuous and doesn't mess with what we're used to.

There's also been a change or two that came with the mini-feed that nobody's mentioned, but are smart and awesome. For example, the ability to expand/hide sections of the profile. That's a good idea. Makes navigating a whole lot easier.
"Ugh, Sally said she posted pictures from our party, but there's so much other crap on her profile I can't even SEE her pictures section. Hide that, hide that, hide that.. ok, really don't care about the "Note" she wrote about her morning hygiene routine, so hide that... OH! THERE are her pictures! Sweet!"

So, yeah. The proper controls for this feature should have been in place from the beginning. But let's face it, I still think Facebook is the safest, least sketchy social networking site out there. It's taken a controlled environment (Students and their alumns only) and given us the freedom to put further controls on it (only students from my school, no alumns, ewww, I don't want professors to see my profile! They'll see my craaazy drunken pictures!).

I don't have any facebook friends who I care about seeing the mini-feed information. And I don't put information in my profile that I would be terrified a random person might see if they stumbled across it. So I fear nothing from the mini-feed. However, I turned mine off. Because it makes my profile and my friends' home pages unsightly.

And that's my opinion on the subject.

Facebook.

Sep. 8th, 2006 09:26 am
inwaterwrit: (Brain)
I feel like I should say something. I mean, everyone else has. So, I feel like I should put my two cents in. Or maybe that's why I shouldn't. But I'm going to.

This whole "mini-feed" thing? It actually doesn't bother me. Or, rather, it doesn't bother me now that there's a privacy setting to control it.

I mean, think about it. It doesn't tell you anything you couldn't figure out for yourself. It's not showing who you're sending messages to or poking, and it promises it never will. I think certain aspects are kinda neat. "Hey look, those two people I know are now facebook friends. Neat. I like it when people I know also know each other." If you're paranoid about people knowing that you've done the things the mini-feed shows, like updating, changing pictures, adding friends, then don't do them. They've always been public features. And if you've got this problem where you attract stalkers... uh, facebook was never the place for you to begin with.

Do I think it was poorly implemented? Sure. They never should have released it before the proper privacy settings were ready. I think it's still not finished, because there should be a setting for what you actually want to see from your friends' mini-feeds. Otherwise, it's this big, long stream of information I don't care about clogging up my home page. Also, I think it shows up in a shitty place in people's profiles. It breaks up the flow. It should be down at the bottom, under the main profile, where it's less conspicuous and doesn't mess with what we're used to.

There's also been a change or two that came with the mini-feed that nobody's mentioned, but are smart and awesome. For example, the ability to expand/hide sections of the profile. That's a good idea. Makes navigating a whole lot easier.
"Ugh, Sally said she posted pictures from our party, but there's so much other crap on her profile I can't even SEE her pictures section. Hide that, hide that, hide that.. ok, really don't care about the "Note" she wrote about her morning hygiene routine, so hide that... OH! THERE are her pictures! Sweet!"

So, yeah. The proper controls for this feature should have been in place from the beginning. But let's face it, I still think Facebook is the safest, least sketchy social networking site out there. It's taken a controlled environment (Students and their alumns only) and given us the freedom to put further controls on it (only students from my school, no alumns, ewww, I don't want professors to see my profile! They'll see my craaazy drunken pictures!).

I don't have any facebook friends who I care about seeing the mini-feed information. And I don't put information in my profile that I would be terrified a random person might see if they stumbled across it. So I fear nothing from the mini-feed. However, I turned mine off. Because it makes my profile and my friends' home pages unsightly.

And that's my opinion on the subject.

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