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Facebook stalking taken to a whole new level.

While listening to On The Media, I have to admit that I was a little bit distracted when I was looking around my Facebook page. However, something caught my attention. The speaker began talking about how Facebook was introducing a new type of search bar where you could look up “likes” or pages that people were interested and actually see the people who have liked those. The purpose of this is to be able to look for people who have the same interests as you do and be able to get in touch with them and eventually become “Facebook friends”.

Everybody “stalks” people on Facebook. I put that word in quotations because we all know its not stalking; its more like creeping on people you like or dislike. Stalking by definition is more like hunting your prey. So in this case, the word stalk is used in a more mild way. Yes, we’ve all done it. We’ve all gone through people’s pages on Facebook and looked at their interests, where they’re from, what they do, and most importantly, their life through their pictures. Personally, I know that you can find out a lot about a person from just looking at their page, and I know that this is very alarming. Now that Facebook wants to add this new search bar, I’m seriously considering erasing my account completely. I don’t want people to be able to go through the pages I like and be able to find me that way. I have gone through many unpleasant situations because of social media and I really don’t want any of them to happen again. Being able to creep on your friends is one thing, creeping on random strangers is a whole different deal.

We all know that Facebook is trying to somehow get as much money as possible from their page. But they need to take in account the privacy of its users. We do not know where this search bar could lead people, or what some of us humans are capable of doing with it. Either they update and make their privacy settings stronger, or I suggest everyone to start saying goodbye to their accounts.

5 comments

  1. I agree, it’s really disorienting to know that anyone can look at my Facebook page simply by typing in a word that MIGHT be associated with my page. It makes me uneasy to think that this search bar will allow anyone the right to narrow down and search for people based on similar or dissimilar tastes. I think its easier said than done to just up and delete a Facebook page, because as much as it is a tool for “stalkers” it is also a really convenient means of communication and entertainment. And not to mention to “addiction” part of it. We all get secretly happy when we see we have a notification, or a friend request, after all the incredibly accurate, satirical show “South Park” did take time out of their busy schedule to make a whole episode surrounding the power of Facebook, and if South Park says it, it’s got to be true ;). I think it’ll take some time to wean ourselves off of Facebook, but even when we do, it will only be replaced by another cyber addiction, it’s just a matter of time.

  2. I agree as well. I feel that privacy is very important. Facebook has its pros and cons. I also agree that if south park says its got to be true. Many people do communicate through facebook and it would be hard to communicate as quickly without one. That could be viewed as a positive or a negative.

  3. I also agree, i would consider deactivating my account if the changes you mentioned go into effect. I wouldn’t want a complete stranger stalking my page, although i agree i do enjoy the fact that I could scroll through all my friends pictures and see what there up to, but as you said this takes it to a whole new level.

  4. This idea of the search bar that Facebook has announced is a scary thought that is now turning into a reality. In the beginning of Facebook it was simpler to edit your privacy settings, allow people to see only what you wanted them to see but this idea of people being able to find you by your interest completely contradicts privacy settings. This change will drastically alter my view of Facebook. Yes we keep it to stay in contact with people but is that a good enough reason to keep it even if our accounts won’t be private?

  5. I completely agree that privacy is important but I also think they we need to have an understanding that when we out things out on the Internet it is almost never going to be kept completely private. It is a scary thought though that I could be found on Facebook just by simply liking a fan page or a movie. Facebook definitely has its pros and cons, and we all need to be aware of what we do allow on the site.

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