Just as I was about to leave home, I checked my twitter stream one more time, and there it was – a link to the video below about deleting your facebook permanently (the steps you have to go through can be accessed here).
But is this something we really want to do, or do we rather want to alert facebook, and the world, to the issues of online privacy? All of this is debatable, and right now I don’t have an exact answer. I have decided to keep my facebook account for a little longer, but to be honest my activity there is very scarce, if you consider that most of my content is fed through twitter. I can’t say the same about the discussions such 140 character sound bites have generated, and that is what I don’t want to lose. Like danah boyd pointed out, I feel stuck and I don’t like it! So I am waiting, more anxiously than patiently, for new developments on the facebook ‘soap opera’!
Most of my digital footprint is related with my socio-professional life, so all of this might upset me less than other people. Still, I do not appreciate it at all, and would like to see facebook withdraw in their decisions and actions. Failing that, I think many of us might really consider to move. Be that as it may, this event raises issues we can no longer avoid and provides us with one more opportunity (almost a necessity!) to discuss and reflect about our Digital Identity! And for that I could almost thank you facebook, was I not so annoyed by all this!
This video raises another very important issue: Digital Identity. (… I might have to do some more written thinking about it…soon!)
This is something we have been discussing in the Social Media sessions I have been offering both here in Salford and at the University of Manchester, but I think there is still space for more discussion about the issues surrounding one’s digital footprint.
Any comments or questions you have regarding this issue, express them here. If you are interested we can also host more of such debates. Just let us know too.
Meanwhile, Pascal Venier and I are working on a session on how to twitter, another social network site mentioned in the video. If you are interested in it, enroll here. [NB: places are limited. I am not really sure, but I think we might be already fully booked. By submitting your interest, however, we will be able to identify the need to repeat the session in a near future]