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Respice, Adspice, Prospice
Onion, NJ
reply to Mele20

Re: Facebook now wants your personal phone number....

said by Mele20:

I can't speak for current joiners of the web. But for those of us who joined when I did (98) or earlier, I think most of us didn't know what hit us when the web changed from Web1 to Web2. I think some still don't know. I can't fathom why Facebook needs my real identity and besides needing it feels compelled to post it for everyone to see. Why can't I just be "Mele20" or "DottieArtiist3", etc. at Facebook? Why on earth would I be forced to give my real name, a real photo of myself and/or a private, unlisted phone number? That is utterly absurd to me as a person who "came of web age" during Web1. ...

What I can't understand is why anyone (even those coming of web age during Web2) would feel they need to put their full name, address, phone number, personal real photo of themselves, on a social website in order to use that website to communicate with friends and family. You would just lie if the site demanded stupid things like your real name and your unlisted phone number. You would keep your page closed to all except your friends and family and they would have to agree to address you either by your handle or first name only and not publish any information that could be used to trace to the real you. But your friends and family would know who your handle represented. This could be extended, if you decided, to anyone on that social network. This is how it was during Web1 days. What happened so suddenly to make many embrace Web2 and enthusiastically give up very fast all privacy that they had on Web1 and that was expected on it? People's minds got corrupted really fast. I keep wondering what Koolaid did so many people drink and how were they induced so rapidly to drink it?

Talking in San Francisco over the weekend at the Crunchie Awards, which recognise technological achievements, the 25 year-old web entrepreneur said: “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people.”

He went on to say that privacy was no longer a ‘social norm’ and had just evolved over time.

"When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was, 'why would I want to put any information on the internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'."

"Then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way, and just all these different services that have people sharing all this information,” he explained.
attribution: »www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/f···orm.html
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