Memo to Everyone: Your Privacy Still Belongs Only to YOU

I hate reading articles like this that make it seem like because children (let's be real, that's what they are) are doing something we all should just suck it up and embrace it, lest we be branded as behind the times. Only dinosaurs care about their personal privacy, so why don't you just hand over your browser history? I'm sorry but there is a reason 13 year olds aren't allowed to sign up for online services and I know plenty of 20 - 30 year olds who should be forbidden from providing their identifying information for the same reason.

A service like this already exists and it's called StumbleUpon. Through Stumble, you can share useful links with friends or the Internet at large. But the best part about using Stumble is that it is opt-in, meaning you don't have to show the world how much you like or the various tube sites you spend way too much time on.

This, however, is just creepy.

Via the NYT, who creeps me out by always wanting me to sign in:

Paul Jones, a founder of, said he and his founding partner conceived the site because they were old college friends and wanted a way to better share common interests, from shopping finds to tech news, while living in different parts of the country.

At times, their communication would drop off, Mr. Jones said. “Then, at one point we just said to each other, ‘What if we could just show each other what we’re reading and watching and shopping for?’ ”

But are these sites another crack in the eroding wall between public and private life?

Perhaps. The better question: Do we actually care if they are? As Mr. Jones noted, Facebook’s News Feed, the feature that lets users easily track friends’ activity in one place, was somewhat controversial when it was introduced in 2006.

“Obviously, now, it’s completely accepted and people who are younger, in particular, just accept it that their lives are completely open,” Mr. Jones said. (The jury is still assembling for these sites: has been open to everyone since November; Sitesimon and Voyurl are accepting users on a rolling basis, but will open fully in the coming months.)

Don't listen to the NYT, your privacy belongs to you and you alone, the last thing you should do is just accept it. That's why I have turned off the Huffington Post feature that allows others to view which articles you have read. If I want you to know what I've read, I'll tell you. Otherwise stay out of my business, and that goes for friends and family as well.


Sharing: By leveraging a Google Chrome browser extension, works across the entire web. Users instantly share what they are clicking on simply by setting their whitelists on the first visit and then surfing the web as usual.

Discovering: allows users to tap into the wisdom of the people they trust, and find new people with similar interests, to discover new sites, articles, products, restaurants, deals and more. And when a user discovers something new, makes it easy to promote that to friends.

Trust me, you don't want to know what I'm searching. And so I'll still respect you, I really don't want to know what you are searching either. Unless you tell me. In which case it's totally OK.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


chairmanben said...

Isn't radical transparency a Zuckerberg libertarian belief. . .

Whats wrong with sharing proclivity toward Krugman, Krugerrands and Korean Eel PoRN?

malus Diaz said...

Let me *Share* this giant *appendage* with you, and your going to *Accept* it and you might even *Like* it.


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