Have you heard about the new changes to Facebook? I know... ugh more changes?!
Here's the deal... what I see from Facebook users, from my own experience, is that people want more privacy. They want (and love!) to share information and photos but only to people they chose. They want to share with their family but not their lab partner from college 6 years ago.
But here's the thing: the creators of Facebook are moving in the opposite direction. Ideally, their goal for the site is to be completely open.
The next phase? "Graph Search." Graph Search is sort of a super-charged, Facebook-specific search engine. You can ask it to show very specific things like:
"Friends from Maryland that are single and like to ski"
"Photos of my friends from May 2004"
The reason this changes Facebook drastically is because it changes the ways in which someone accesses information about you. Before, if someone wanted to know if you were single, or know your political affiliation, they would have to actively seek it out by going to your page, finding your "about" section, etc. Now, the information is available en mass at the click of a mouse. Additionally, you may not have anything in your "about" me section, but that won't stop you from showing up in searches. If there's a photo of you skiing, Facebook will interpret that you like to ski. If you once were tagged at bar, Facebook will interpret that you like this bar. Information others put about you on Facebook will now affect where you show up in searches.
There are A LOT of very different opinions about the feature. It definitely changes Facebook in a big way.
So watch this video. I'd love to know what people think about the new graph search.