|05:31 pm - Social networking gone overboard|
I just accepted a friend's invitation to connect on Windows Live, formerly known as MSN -- an instant messaging service I've used for years, which seems to be much more popular with my European friends than my American ones.
I was very perturbed to discover that I now have not the instant messaging service I had previously, but also a whole new social networking service -- one where friends of my friends can now see me and my profile. Luckily, it's pretty much a blank, but I find this disturbing, especially since I discovered a whole bunch of strangers wanting to connect to me.
Just . . . NO.
I consider myself fairly friendly, but I'm really just not interested in chatting with people I don't know, even if we do happen to have a friend in common. I especially do not like having my information being spread around against my will, which happens when my profile icon/link shows on my friends' profile pages.
I know social networking is the trend of the day, but as far as I'm concerned, it's already jumped the shark and is becoming annoying, particularly when it's being foisted upon me just because I happen to have been using an instant messaging service for the past dozen-plus years. I already have a MySpace page, a LinkedIn page and several online journals, which act as a type of social network due to what folks blog about. I do not feel the need to share every single detail of my life with everyone I know and their friends and their friends' friends and their friends' friends' friends.
There is such a thing as oversharing, after all.
(This is nothing at all against my friends who use Windows Live -- this rant is against the service as it now is, not those who use it. The way it is set up and the lack of what I consider adequate privacy controls is the reason for this peevish post. All I wanted from it was an IM service, same as I've used for more than a decade, not a whole bleeding social network, which is what I now have, complete with unwanted connection requests.)
Current Mood: irate
Current Music: "Die Durch Die Hölle Gehen" by Eisbrecher