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(Un)Publishing your Dirty Secrets

A lot of Facebook users are huffing and puffing about being funneled into Timeline. But I find people's complaints, particularly those regarding "privacy," to be absurd.

This notion of privacy in social media seems a bit contradictory. You voluntarily published what's on your profile. remember? The new format doesn't make previously hidden content newly accessible. It's just evolving from clicking through pictures to scrolling down a page. Timeline or no Timeline, all of your faded, drunken memories are plastered on a wall for everyone to see (within your privacy
parameters of course).

The real question is, if you don't want anyone to see that incriminating photo of you getting chummy with the intern at happy hour, why is it in your profile? Why do people publish content, only to be worried by the thought of someone actually viewing it?

When you boil it down, it's not a confusing interface or lack of privacy that has everyone flustered. It's their content. Fortunately, or unfortunately, that's one thing Facebook can't control. So spare us your threats of leaving. Take down whatever it is that you don't want people to see, and voilà! Problem solved.

Facebook may seem to be in an inexplicable flux of layouts and policies. But before you grab your pitchfork and threaten to run Zuckerberg out of town, I ask you to take a deep breath, count to three, and think about where the problem actually lies.