One New Year's resolution could be to quit Facebook

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      I've avoided getting too enmeshed in Facebook, mainly out of concern for sharing personal information with Mark Zuckerberg.

      Now, I'm feeling vindicated after reading Paul Bernal's blog post "10 reasons to leave Facebook..."

      You can read his first reason below:

      1) Privacy

      Everyone should be aware that privacy is an issue with Facebook. So many people put so much ‘private’ information onto Facebook that the possibility that your private information, photos, stories etc might get known to a wider public should be obvious. We shouldn’t be shocked when bad things happen – and yet even Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, still seemed surprised and upset when a ‘private’ family photograph she posted somehow made its way onto Twitter. It wasn’t hacked, scraped, leaked or anything nasty – it’s just that Facebook is designed that way. The private becomes public all too easily – ‘sharing’ means you lose control. If Randi had just emailed the pic to her family, or put it on a genuinely private site, none of this would have happened.


      We're now using Facebook for comments.


      Done. Moved on.

      Jan 2, 2013 at 12:50pm

      As just tweeted in response to your tweet regarding this...

      I quit Facebook. Took steps twd deletion December 10; FB put seal on it December 24. No regrets! Moved on to Google+.

      Google+ I'm finding far superior, both in terms of layout and user interface, and security and privacy controls. Hope more people make the switch.

      Damien Otis

      Jan 2, 2013 at 1:27pm

      If I'm going to leave Facebook I wouldn't join Google+ or another social network. Google is primary an advertising platform... if you're trying to escape that, Google+ isn't a good choice at all