I’ve worked with a number of companies that had access to droves of facebook data. I started working with Boomerang back when they were gtrot, about the same time the graph api became available. There were lots of problems, in the form of broken features and missing documentation.
More than anything I remember having all of my worst fears realized when I saw the trove of data we had access to. We knew a lot about our users, and coincidentally a lot about my friends. Luckily we were the “good guys” in this case, and we never misused data.
Back then I left my job to escape social media, in all it’s forms. I would later return when working with Kaptu.re but that was strictly professional and I haven’t looked back since.
There’s something far more nefarious, and it’s not the little guy with the app permissions you need to worry about. It’s facebook giving your data away wholesale to 3rd party data brokers, the EFF wrote a great post about the same thing.
There is scary stuff and we, as a community, need to find solutions and answers that will allow us to maintain some semblance of privacy. I’m perhaps a little outspoken on this topic, and one of a growing number of my generation to reject social media. I’m sick of being an easy mark, you should be too. And for the love of god, if you wouldn’t want that picture on a billboard outside grandma’s house it doesn’t belong on social media.
Happy Turkey Day!