The folks over at everyone’s “favorite” social network,
MySpace Facebook launched a new service on their site this week (as far as I can tell, it launched this weekend) called Facebook Messages. The idea behind the service is to consolidate all your different Facebook messaging, texts, notices and other direct communications and allow for more cross-platform integration. Messages also allows other people to send email messages directly to your Facebook account from outside of Facebook. So now those Nigerian princes and V1@gra salesmen have a new way to hassle you. Brilliant guys, just what no one ever wanted!
Either way, this information should be easier to find. Even if most people aren’t going to read a new policy in the first place, but it’s not really important if they do. Privacy policies, unlike almost every other standard form contract encountered by Internet users, are meant to bind the providing company, not the users. That’s why it’s always a big deal when companies are found to have breached those policies.
Anyhow, my guess is that we’re standing at the forefront of the latest cycle of Facebook pushing out a new technology, waiting for community outrage and then responding with a half measure that looks like a concession when really it’s all they wanted in the first place. Messages offers a nice way to stay on top of incoming notices, but it raises a lot of security questions that users should have some specific concerns. That’s just how they roll. I guess there’s not much to do at this point but take your righteous indignation to the streets (or walls), or simply do what I do and sit back and enjoy the show. It’s about to get interesting.