|That's a frog on the handle. It was in the pot|
but jumped out when things got too hot.
I'm leaving Facebook this week -- permanently. I'm tired of the creeping encroachments on my privacy. Also I'm no longer willing to be a part of Facebook's quest to commercialize and make public all of our social relations and interactions.
The title of this post refers to the story of the Boiling Frog:
If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.
(version of the story from Daniel Quinn's The Story of B)I'm not against businesses making money through advertising in their "free" services. It's just the way Facebook is doing it that deeply bothers me.
Privacy isn't just "not disclosing private information". It's also about people keeping control of their private information, where and how it is used, and by whom. Facebook's latest changes are forcing users like me to give away vital elements of control, in my opinion.
Bye, bye, Facebook. And I won't be coming back.