An Unholy Alliance: Facebook and Spark People
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I for one, am not a person who is a big Facebook fan. The intrusiveness of Facebook into my everyday life irks me. The fact that Facebook seems to want to know and publish every time I change my underwear, REALLY irks me.
With a single misspoken word --and now "checked box", my entire social world knows that I'm struggling with weight issues. I am truly disappointed --that Spark people has bought into an unholy alliance with the country's biggest nosy neighbor. I do not know how much money Facebook paid to be privy to our deepest secrets and most private thoughts and hardest struggles...but I am so SO sad that Chris, the "SparkGuy" and whoever else is responsible for this decision should have made it without adequately informing us and even consulting us as it involves to such a large degree our private and intimate information. It may be that they actually thought we would ENJOY having our weight victories published with such ease--and totally been unaware that people bare their hearts here...their worst struggles and sometimes hardest defeats...And maybe it didn't truly occur to them that we would NOT enjoy our best friend in kindergarten and now our new boss to have access to this information with the click of a button.
So people TAKE CARE, and BEWARE: When you fill out a Sparkstatus, do it on your Spark Page and NOT from the side bar (which is automatically linked to FB.) and make SURE you UNCHECK the nasty little unobtrusive box which so inoccuously says, "Share on Facebook"before you hit "SAVE" for your status. And make SURE above all, that you go into the edit page for your Spark page and UNCHECK the box which is automatically set to say something like "Place a share box next to my information" UNCHECKING that box will prevent some well meaning (hopefully well-meaning but ignorant) person to cliick "share" and suddenly have the entire net world able to read your blog thoughts or see your fitness or nutritional info or what have you. UNCHECKING that box which permits a share box to be added will remove that option from people who are looking at your thoughts and weightloss or weightgain records.
This is potentially damaging information Spark Peeps... It could alert employers or potential employers that you have a weight problem and might therefore be a health risk. it could be used by health insurance companies for the same reason and by God knows who else...So be alert and use wisdom as you make decisions about whether or not to allow FB into your life here on Spark People
So, thus far, if you use some wisdom and some tactical evasive measures, you can still protect yourself from this intrusion. God help us all the day that that option is take away on some of these sites and the spreading of such info becomes public without our permission. I pray that that day does not arrive in this Land of the Free...which should NOT mean FREE ACCESS to PRIVATE INFORMATION.
Be wise. Never ever slip up and share things you didn't want to share...take care even that you do not link up your FB and your Spark people accounts because if you do, even your chat discussions will be available for perusal by your neighbors and coworkers on FB. I'm not sure yet how that works, but someone told me that no matter what she did, all of her discussions were showing up on FB.
Facebook is becoming so intrusive that for a kind of paranoid person like myself, I'm very frightened by it. i've had to stop using some sites altogether because there was no way to avoid my chats being displayed by FB. Do not take this stuff sitting down folks. SO far, LAST I CHECKED, America was still a country where people have a say in such things and do not have to blindly allow liberties to be stolen right from out from under our feet without having a say about it, at the very least. Speak up. If these decisions make you unhappy, then disable them and speak up about them.