Essay: Letter to Zuckerberg

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Zuckerberg

Hey Zuck!

I can call you that, right? We're friends after all. I assume you've already searched my name on your site, the mighty Book of Faces. You're wondering, who is this guy? Do I know him? Why'd he call me Zuck? Wait a minute, we're not friends. I'm looking at his picture right now and I'm pretty sure I've never met him. It doesn't look like he ever worked for Facebook. Heck, looking at these pictures I'm not sure he's ever even been to New York.

And that's my point, Mr. Zuckerberg. We're not friends. We don't know each other. But you just looked me up, and saw all my most of my CV, hundreds of pictures of me, with my dog, on vacation, with that girl…oh man, what was I thinking? I should really take that down. We're really not supposed to be that familiar. And we didn't use to be. Once upon a time, I was a happy Facebook user like everybody else. I posted stupid things to my status, including some I had to try and take down lest a future employer see them, but I was happy. I had a nice little circle of friends, and I shared things with them, and they shared things with me.

But something happened, Mr. Zuckerberg. And I don't like it. Once upon a time, there was a modicum of privacy on Facebook. The people who were my friends were, well, my friends. We laughed, shared and all that, in private. Like at a house party. A house party where some drunk people might forget to close the bathroom door, but a nice little cozy domestic gathering. The way I saw it, things wouldn't change, because there was no reason. Quick, look it up and tell me which Buddhism class I took. Go ahead, I'll wait. They talked about change, about how nothing in life is permanent. That's the only thing I really remember, Mr. Zuckerberg, about Buddhism. So, too, change inevitably came to Facebook.

Of all the changes, it had to be privacy. Why the privacy? I mean, I would that thought fixing that buggy app would have been up there on your list, or maybe doing something about that awful GUI you have these days. But no, it was the privacy. So what drives a success website guru to bugger up the one thing that actually matters to people? We care about privacy. We don't really care when you guys change the interface, even if it's all anybody complains about for two days. But we do care about privacy. We trusted Facebook with, well, our entire lives. And these days it feels like Facebook has betrayed that trust. I know, Facebook isn't really capable of betrayal, even if the Supreme Court does thing corporations are people. But the people running Facebook are capable of betrayal, and that is why I am writing to you, Mr. Zuckerberg. Because let's face it, there isn't a whole lot that happens at Facebook that won't come back to you. Like William Shatner will always be Captain Kirk no matter what else he does, you will always be the Facebook guy, long after you've sold your last share. But that's why you get paid the big bucks, to deal with all the stupid things those MBAs you hired have done to your company. And privacy is the big one.

Once upon a time, you were like me, a college student sitting around late one evening, doing a bit of thinking and a bit of writing. You came up with this great idea that would connect people. You were a programmer, quite the entrepreneur with several products already under your belt, at least that's what your Wikipedia page tells me, and I assume it was last edited by an honest person. You built Facebook to help people connect. To help friends connect with other friends, and for this the world was grateful. Sure, this meant that everybody had to give all of their personal information except their wang size. But we were cool with that, because only our friends would see it anyway. Our profile information, I mean. What did you think I meant? Dude.

Then you changed the rules. People complained about the rule changes, but that's life, right. There's still people who whine about the designated hitter. But of all the rule changes, you had to mess with privacy.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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