I don't "like" the recent changes to Facebook Pages

Today Facebook launched the change on “formerly known as fan pages” letting Facebook users LIKE the pages, as opposed to become fans of the page. According to Facebook:
“To improve your experience and promote consistency across the site, we’ve changed the language for Pages from “Fan” to “Like.” We believe this change offers you a more light-weight and standard way to connect with people, things and topics in which you are interested.”

To a certain extent, I thought this was a good thing (for those of us running a Facebook Page). But two things came along with this:
1) As a page administrator, you used to be able to click on a “See All” link near your fan box and see all the people who have become fans. This allowed you to choose among them to promote to Admins (if you were on a page you managed) or Add as a Friend (if you were on somebody else’s page), as shown below.

Now, you can only see all the people who “like” a page who are your friends…

2) Facebook argue that they are promoting consistency across Facebook. That is not entirely so. While it is true that you can “Like” other comments/photos/videos/etc. throughout the site, “liking” a Facebook page can lead to unexpected communications from pages (via the Facebook feed and in the form of page updates which end up in your email)… so it is misleading, because it’s not consistent with other types of like.

If you ask me, they’ve reduced the value of Pages to a certain extent by increasing the chances that anyone can “like” a page, but not making it clear that you are essentially following that group, not just a single conversation as is the case with liking others things on Facebook.

Can’t say I am too happy with the change… šŸ™

Privacy: How Much Is Enough? Or Too Much?

Earlier today, I was reading the post by my friend Kerri from Sixuntilme where she refers to how her views on privacy/disclosure have evolved since she became pregnant. It dawned on me that I have also changed how much I value my privacy online, perhaps not since we had our son but more in the past couple of years.

Back in March 2007, we started TuDiabetes, a social network for people touched by diabetes. At the time, I was already fairly comfortable in social media, being a member of more than a dozen networks. This meant, I opened myself up quite a bit… perhaps too much.

Below are some of the things I do when it comes down to my privacy. Why? Because there are enough people out there that don’t have the best intentions in the world. So that doesn’t mean I have shut up and stopped participatingĀ  in social media altogether (those who know me know that NOT to be the case -if you don’t know me, Google me and you will see what I mean). It just means to be mindful when you share something online, withholding what you don’t feel comfortable sharing with people you don’t know.

  • If I am traveling, for vacation or business, I don’t announce it ahead of time. Even more so, most of the time, I don’t write ABOUT it while I am away.
  • If I am at a place at a given moment, I may write about it (a restaurant or a venue) AFTER I leave, not while I am there. That is why my use of FourSquare was so short lived.
  • I only give my personal address to people I know (in real life) in person or people who need to know it (like someone sending me a personal package).
  • On Twitter, I follow everybody I find interesting and relevant in connection with one or more of these: Venezuela, diabetes, nonprofits, social media, music, etc. But on Facebook I only befriend people that I know, either personally or through enough of an online correspondence, to make me feel comfortable sharing with them more than I do on Twitter.
  • On Facebook, I have a list of Family and another list of panas (my real-life buddies). Any personal photos (where anyone in my family appears) I only share with those two lists.
  • On LinkedIn, I typically only accept invites from people I know or have worked with before.

Some of these list items have been cause for some people to get upset at me: I insist -it’s nothing personal… just my own privacy policy.

Do you think I am too paranoid? What is your online privacy policy like?