You may find it a little strange that someone with a blog be concerned about privacy but there is a reason. Here at mediaguy.co.uk I write everything myself. I decide whether I want the world to know it (public), just my family and friends (passwored) or no-one at all (walk away). But yesterday I got my first taste of Facebook’s Beacon.
I was playing a stupid little flash game on the internet when a little message saying ‘I’m sending this to facebook’. To be honest I thought it was just an advert trying to make me click on the ‘stop’ button and pop up an advert but signing on to facebook today I see that it was real.
Apparently I want to publish all the websites I go to onto my facebook page. Now I don’t know if you’ve seen my facebook page but it doesn’t have much on, it’s really nice. On the other hand there are plenty of people who’s facebook page has 35 applications and spans about 45 pages if you tried to print it. Every day my ‘minifeed’ is full of ‘Person 1 played a quiz. You can play it too!’ ‘Person 2 is like Chandler from Friends. Which Friend are you!’
So the next stage of facebook will be ‘Person 1 has just bought a book from Amazon’ ‘Person 2 has just bought new granny knickers from Marks and Spencers. Buy your underwear from M&S too!’ ‘Person 3 is browsing www.bbc.co.uk’ ‘Person 4 is browsing AdultFriendFinder.com for an affair. You can have an affair too!’.
Sales department: http://www.facebook.com/business/?beacon
Turn it off: http://soton.facebook.com/privacy.php?view=unconfirmed_actions