Should Private Be the Default on the Internet? [Reader Poll]

February 4, 2010 at 8:34 am (Uncategorized)

Should Private Be the Default on the Internet?

As the popularity of Twitter, Facebook, and the social web in general continues to grow, the public nature of what you do online is starting to seem like a foregone conclusion—but should it be?

Photo by mollybob.

TwitAlbums is a web album service that integrates with Twitter, designed to add an extra layer of privacy to the service while keeping certain aspects public. More interestingly to us, though, the folks behind the tool discuss why they think Public should not be the default. For example, in response to Facebook’s recent privacy changes:

The core promise of Facebook since the early days was that by default it was set to private. People seemed to love the idea of their data being protected behind a close garden.

Some might believe that Facebook is giving its users more privacy control by allowing them to be granular with their options. Well, it depends.

A “power user” might “invest” some time in reviewing every option Facebook has given them to control how his/her account behaves. However, I have a hard time believing this is the norm.

As more people sign up for Facebook and Twitter accounts, it seems that people are comfortable with the public side of the private vs. public internet debate, but as the TwitAlbums post points out, it could just be a lack of understanding that’s pushing users in this direction. So let’s hear what you think on the subject:

Should Private Be the Default on the Internet?(surveys)

Share more specifics explaining your online privacy position in the comments.

Send an email to Adam Pash, the author of this post, at tips+adam@lifehacker.com.

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