When you’ve been on the Internet for a long time, you find yourself using the same applications over and over you get to a point where you feel comfortable with a particular application, but in time, everything changes. And it’s unfortunate when those traditional/dependable applications make changes to their processes or the policies on how they do things that degrade your experience and your perspective on the application or service.
Recently, I run into a situation with Firefox and using a plug-in called ShareThis.
In the past when, I had used the plug-in with Firefox, it would share your link with whatever service you wanted to and the service was very robust, it supported a lot of social services, but I recently noticed that they changed the look and feel of the application, but not only did they change the look and feel, but they changed how they wanted to interact with Facebook.
This is what you get when you try to share a link with the icon from the address bar.
I try to guard would I do with Facebook fairly close. I don’t think that it’s in the company’s business of my friends list, my email addresses or anything else.
One of the things that struck me wrong about this plug-in was that the changes that they made to the plug-in for Firefox was that now that I couldn’t share link to Facebook without ShareThiswanting access to my friends list and email address; I had never had to do that before, and there’s lots of other applications/services that are able to share links to Facebook without them digging into your personal information.
I guess my biggest problem is that although I participate with Facebook, Twitter and Google plus, I value and try to guard the information to a certain degree; especially the information of my friends and family. I don’t see how it’s in the interest of the company for me to be able to share week, but at the same time I can see the company may find interest in collecting the information about me or my friends and using that for marketing purposes.
The good news is there’s other applications/plug-ins that will allow me to share information to Facebook or whatever social network without requiring me to share my personal information with them. I just think it’s sad that when established services or applications change the operation/policies and go digging for information that they really shouldn’t need— especially in the case of just trying to share a link.
I can’t honestly say that everyone has the same convictions about interacting with Facebook and other social network sites you want to access your information, but I would like to hope that everyone is using Facebook has the same concerns that I do over sharing too much information to the point it’s damaging.
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5