Although Facebook was originally billed as being a “social” network and a “way to reconnect with friends”, it was always meant as a data mining system for it’s advertisers. The only problem is that many of the recipients of our data have been using it for nefarious and underhanded purposes.
It would have been better to have set Facebook up as a subscription service, which closely guarded its subscriber’s information. Of course, that wouldn’t have been a formula which would have made Zuckerberg and company billionaires in so quick a time.
For the most part, those of us who have used Facebook for any number of years are now already compromised. The genie is already out of the bottle, Pandora’s box already opened.
It hasn’t only been Facebook either. Equifax is another, along with who knows how many companies whose credit card information has been compromised.
The best we can do now is to try and protect what we have left, if anything. I’m still not sure if to totally wipe Facebook would do much good. I’ve gone through and erased all app connections, and tightened privacy. I’d suggest everyone else do the same.
This brave new world of information sharing and social networking has made things more difficult and easier all at the same time. Only time will tell if we can keep the vampires out though. After all, we invited them right in.