This week we’re trying something new and a little different (at least for us). We’ve created a poll that we hope will be a fun addition to the Cisco Security blog.
Background On This Week’s Poll: You may have heard of this social network called Facebook. It used to be that people joined Facebook as part of a University affiliation and it was mostly used to keep track of school friends. Users let others know about their interests, hobbies, and favorite bands. As Facebook has grown it has morphed from a way to connect with friends into one of the de-facto ways people communicate with many in their personal life and, increasingly, in the business realm. This extends to bosses, high school friends and frienemies, and that second cousin twice removed.
While making all of these connections has been nice, there is a downside. Along the way there have been changes to the way personal content is stored and unforeseen consequences to a spreading openness. It has gotten to the point of annoyance and confusion for many. As another Cisco poster, Richard Aceves, said:
When security professionals are left scratching their heads trying to twiddle the nerd knobs or decipher the market-speak of Facebook’s opt-out dialogs, how does this bode for an ordinary user?
Last weekend I had a friend quit Facebook while we were IM’ing on Gmail. I was surprised how easily he made this decision, as it seemed to be rather drastic. I asked him if it was because of the recent privacy trends and he said, “no, I’m just getting tired of not knowing what I’m sharing.” While an anecdote isn’t the singular of data, quitting Facebook has apparently been a growing trend. Read Write Web noted that leaving isn’t so easy (emotionally?), and Facebook has been working to quell some people’s fears. All this has left me wondering:
I’ll be back later with a whole new poll. Thanks for playing.
Important Note: The data collected from these polls is not meant to be used to do any analysis. It really is just for fun. YMMV.
With much thanks to Lindsay Hamilton and Deanna Govoni!