An article from the Wall Street Journal about how Facebook uses massive data collection from multiple sources and keeps creepily detailed information about your personal life fails to provoke a worried response from the technoratti.
“I mean, they are gonna sell ads no matter what. I’d rather have ads that are relevant to my interests,” says Bruce Fortner, 24, of Redwood City, CA.
Fortner isn’t alone. Suzanne Wilkins of Oakland, CA goes a step further, “how else am I supposed to learn about all the cool new things companies are doing? I might not hear about a cool new product that would really change my life for the better.”
“She’s totally right,” Fortner responds after being told about Wilkins excitement for ads, “Just last week I learned about a new bicycle design that lets you push it like a skateboard instead of peddaling. It’s all the rage now and I saw ads for it before it even became popular.”
Despite the possibility of missing out on the latest trend, not everyone in the tech community is pleased. “If Facebook isn’t spying on us, they should release their entire code base for us to all look at,” says Marshall Tragget. “Open Source Software is the only possible way for you to be sure that a program isn’t doing something that it shouldn’t.”
He continues, “anyone saying Facebook might lose a competitive edge by publishing every line of code currently in use in their system is brain dead. Their value comes from their brand, not the hundreds of man years they’ve spent developing their platform.”
Facebook did not respond to this site’s requests for comment. However, this author did notice that all of the ads on his timeline were for prepaid funeral plans.