I’ve never been a fan of social networks, and I find the whole idea of sharing everything with everyone to be silly, irresponsible and dangerous.
Don’t think so? check out the following site – http://youropenbook.org
(hit refresh to search for popular terms such as “I hate my boss”, “Don’t tell anyone”)
What is Openbook?
Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API. Facebook exposed this service on April 21st, 2010.
Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.
Openbook is a pure client-side HTML, JS and CSS app that makes simple requests to the Facebook API. We started working on it late Wednesday night (May 12th 2010) and had the site working within an hour or two.
Also make sure to read the following article published yesterday -
New Tool Highlights Facebook Users’ Disregard for Privacy
And gems such as -
PleaseRobMe and the Dangers of Location-Based Social Networks
Well, another interesting article published yesterday is
EFF Research Shows More Than 8 in 10 Browsers Have Unique, Trackable Signatures.
Our browser sends so many information that can easily uniquely identify us. This includes the well-familiar Cookies and a whole bunch of other stuff, including - User Agent, HTTP ACCEPT Headers, Screen resolution, timezone, Browser plugins, MIME types, System fonts, and Supercookies (Flash LSO cookies, Silverloght cookies, Google Gears, …)
We are living in interesting times.