A recent UK study showed major distrust of privacy in social networks, even Linkedin.
"More than three-quarters (79 percent) of respondents were either ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ confident in social media sites keeping their data secure, according to research by YouGov."
I tend to be more circumspect in my Linkedin account, but see plenty of personal information out there.
So do other Insiders consider the risks in posting on these networks or merely abstain from being a part of the fad?
They made a movie about it-seems that it is a bunch of 20 somethings with nothing to do except stare at their computer screens, so they invented a way for people to embarrass themselves by posting comments to each other. And oh by the wat there are 500 million people in this thing!
While I am a privacy freak in general and do not at all trust social networks (hence my utter and complete avoidance of Facebook, webcams, etc), I have come to realize they can have an enormous significance in the world. SInce I was in Egypt only a month before the revolution, I can only say that while most of it was due to the Egyptian people, Facebook and social media largely made it possible. Now, in Japan, Facebook and Google are performing some of the same services.
So while I deplore most Facebook people's (here I again reveal my bias against) self-absorption, I think social media are playing a huge and in many cases very positive role in the 21st century world.
As to Shoeman's comment about "showing our age," I'm just glad this facebook thing didn't exist in the 60's/70's. I'm not sure how "self-absorbant" some would have found me, but I am certain that my foolishness and immaturity would have been self-evident. Come to think of it, I can't remember any of my friends owning a camera. Can you imagine if we'd been caught on a cell phone and put on you tube??!!