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I IM’ed a friend yesterday to let him know I no longer used facebook.  He asked why, and I told him I no longer trusted facebook.  The truth is – I never really trusted them; it simply took a while for that to sink in and for me to take action.  I wiped as much as I could from my account & deactivated it – not surprisingly, you cannot delete your account. 

Trust is the single most important factor of any of my online activities.  Simple utility isn’t the differentiation any more, as there are many choices today for even arcane services.

I simply don’t trust facebook at this point. Beacon was designed as a social-spying program, etc… and Zuckerberg himself seems like the type of person 1 I wouldn’t trust if he lived across the street. I’ve read a lot about him & the litigation around the formation of facebook, and one quote that stands out is “Just how many enemies he has collected at such a young age.”2

I think 2008 will be a watershed year for facebook in ways that the company isn’t expecting.  I can afford to be wrong – they can’t.

1 http://www.02138mag.com/magazine/article/1764.html

2 http://kara.allthingsd.com/20071130/ironic-yes-but-zuckerbergs-privacy-violated/

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