Yesterday I made the following status update that was available for ‘everyone’.
As you can see, friends made comments on this status. Their views were then available for the world to see.
This is the key question that is crossing my mind; should I be telling my friends that they are making public comments?
There are a whole host of related issues such as:
- Facebook’s responsibility to make privacy issues clearer
- The public’s understanding of what truly is private in the realms of cyberspace
- The differences in usage and deemed ‘correct practice’ between friends and social circles
- The ‘control’ a Facebook user can hold due to misunderstanding between users, or differences in Facebook knowledge
Another example would be if I were to make my friends’ wall posts visible to everyone. Wall posts can be changed from private to public like the flick of a switch. The same questions apply, so it would be great to hear your views on the following:
Do you think it’s the responsibility of a user to make their friends aware that comments will be public?
Do you think there are any other related issues not mentioned above?
Which 80′s rock/pop star should I dress up as?
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