The title of this thread doesn't completely belong to the fact I am going to discuss below but it's quite relevant, I guess. It's also pointed out by another writer in some different way.
Recently when I logged in to my Windows Live Messenger, I just noticed a block of news in MSN's "Today" window. It was saying "Facebook Places a privacy nightmare".
here it goes. It's giving a detail or some awareness to the new Facebook feature "Facebook Places", you can decide whether it's only an awareness or also some bad words depreciating about Facebook's every new feature having more capabilities to compromise your privacies.[quote=", post:, topic:"]
If you're like me, when you find a place you really like, you want to tell your friends you're there. Maybe it's a new restaurant, a beautiful hiking trail or an amazing live show.
Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places. You can share where you are and the friends you're with in real time from your mobile device.
Though a pretty nice description about Facebook Places has been given above. Facebook also lets you control your other privacy and the same way it lets you to control the information you share via this new feature. But......
- How do you respond when some thing comes as already enabled (and lets you make a decision to disable it or keep it enabled)?
- What if you start using a very new feature you see on your home page without confirming your privacy settings.?
- What if you find yourself not very comfortable with the interface, where the facebook lets you decide to make yourself hidden. As some times, for some ones it's not very good to understand what it's saying actually...
Bob Sullivan, at msnbc, after collecting stuff from other blogs/news and detailing about them in his post at http://redtape.msnbc.com/2010/08/facebook-places-we-are-each-others-big-brothers.html?GT1=43001, gives you the tips of making your self comfortable with the new feature "Facebook Places".[quote=", post:, topic:"]
To fine-tune your Places settings even more, look under "Things I share," and select who can see the places you check in to, and decide if you want others to see you in the "People Here Now" area. But remember, even if you limit the number of people who can see you after you check yourself in, you haven't controlled who can know if you've been checked in by a friend -- that's controlled by your friend's privacy settings, not yours. In this scenario, even if you have opted out of broadcasting your places setting, while you won't appear in the "People Here Now" area, your presence will be disclosed on your Friend's wall post unless you've disabled "Friends can check me in."
Bob linked to another blog at msnbc giving an idea that "Facebook is new Google". Just before reaching that link in the Bob's article, I was already thinking that it looks like Facebook is just following the footprints which Google has left behind. But, for sure, not with the same ideology. Google had chosen and built things differently and integrated them all from within. Whereas Facebook is just picking the ideas already built and putting them (of course with a different make over) in a single Community.[quote=", post:, topic:"]
Google is fighting a lot of different wars now. Facebook may be the new Google on the Internet, but as mobile platforms go, Google may be the new Apple, or at least the latest hegemon to beat Apple at its own game. And with dominant positions in both search and video, Google has plenty of weapons to fight a war of the online worlds, too.
I quoted above text only because I, however, may agree with it but not fully. I think he just counted the current figures pushing up Facebook to reach Google on the internet. and in mobile platforms replacing Apple with Google.... IMO, Facebook may have built such a fan following as speedily as Google did in it's nature of business but it's not comparable to the fact how Google came up and presented its mobile platform in the devices on the shelf.[quote=", post:, topic:"]
Watch out, Google. You may have become king of the mountain faster than anyone before you, but that only means you've set a record for Facebook to break.
This is which can be said as universal truth, that records are made to be broken.... So it's not decided yet what's next.. Let's wait and see. or make a new one yourself
Any ways; I am not very much interested in sharing my location all the time but even if I have to, then instead of using Facebook Places, I'd prefer to use Google Latitude what I already have used. It's not completely like Facebook Places, it's only shared with your contacts if you want to. but it was provided to work with Google Maps/GPS when you are on the Go and turn it off when you are reached some where carefully. You don't need to be upset that who is watching me else than my friends. But as I said I am not very much interested in.
By reading all that above... what do you think about the question....
- May facebook be the new Google sooner or later in future? and how would you be benefited if it happens?
Well! I guess not. Facebook may have got the users and communities attracted towards it and still being it. But if you see the durability and the usefulness of a product, this is what Google has given. What are the uses of Facebook any way?