There’s a weird feeling of invasion of privacy every time I’m on certain Social Networking sites. It doesn’t stem from the fact that people can see what I’m up to or who I’m hanging out with. I like to think I do a pretty good job of keeping the things I want to keep private under wraps. The specific thing that crawls under my skin is when the social networks in question feel the need to suggest who I might want to be friends with or connected to. It’s as if this program is digging through the annals of my personal correspondence to exert influence on my life. I belong to certain social networks because I don’t find them too intrusive and they allow me certain controls, but once they start nudging me with friendship suggestions for people I once tried to buy a Wii from via Craigslist, they’ve ceased to be effective. Then there are those other suggestions where you don’t know where they come from, as evidenced by the screenshot below. Can you guess which one doesn’t belong?
- Social networking for business: Why Seth Godin is wrong (dailybloggr.com)
- Are social networks like viruses? (psychologytoday.com)
- The Three C’s of Social Networking: Consumption, Curation, Creation (briansolis.com)
- Always the Last to Know: Unsocial (thx4playing.blogspot.com)
- Nearly three-quarters of parents monitor teen’s social network accounts (newstatesman.com)