Maybe I’m missing something…

First, some housekeeping: Go congratulate Becky Wallace on signing with Jennifer Laughran! I’ve been meaning to post this for about two weeks, but since the baby is eating my brain cells, I keep forgetting until after a post goes live. Congratulations, Becky! I had the privilege of reading the first few chapters of Becky’s MS back in January, and I knew she was going to get snatched up quickly.

Second, some results: The poll on the right is still live, and it looks like people either hate cliffhangers, or they don’t really give a crap. In my opinion, that means we should eliminate them entirely. That’s some solid science right there. I mean, fourteen people responded. Clearly a global majority.

Third, the Facebook drama:

Basically (I’m trying to save you from clicking on links), Facebook is rolling out some new software where, if you post a picture, Facebook will try to recognize your friends and suggest tagging them.

People are flipping out about this.

Now, from what I understand, Facebook does not automatically tag you in photos, it just suggests the tag, and you have to accept it. Aside from that, everything is exactly the same. The person being tagged will get an alert that they’ve been tagged, and they can remove the tag if they want. There is nothing now to prevent you from being tagged in a photo. The only difference is that before, you had to tag your friends manually (using those baby-consumable brain cells), and now Facebook will make suggestions.

Am I missing something? Why are people so up-in-arms? Is it just the knee-jerk reaction to change? Is it like when Facebook rolls out some minor change every six months, and there are a billion “Like” pages about how people want Facebook to go back to the way it was? I understand privacy concerns, but I’m not sure how this is really any big deal. I honestly don’t understand how this is all that different from how Facebook operates now.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Maybe I’m missing something…

  1. I love this line in the article “…shortening the often tedious tagging process”. I know how tedious it is to click on someone’s face and select their name from a list. I could be doing so many other things in that thirty seconds!

  2. I’m one of the seemingly few people out there who doesn’t have a Facebook profile because I want to protect my privacy. However, I have to say that I agree with Brigid. I think if people don’t have a problem before, this isn’t going to all-of-a-sudden rob users of a huge chunk of privacy. And for pete’s sake, if that tiny bit of privacy the is going away bothers anyone, he really ought to just take that bold step and delete his profile completely.

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