I needed help with that title, and reached out on Twitter land with this “Facebook is sketchier than__. Fill in the blank.” Below a few of the responses I got back.
@nickdenardis: Your mom at a high school party
@juliaalling: the guy in the next office who mumbles to himself. (this I believe is a reference to me)
and the required and always good for a chuckle “@tsand” from @epsteada
The response that was most apropos however came from Eric Bates on Google+ (which I love btw), “Eric Schmidt.”
I asked for help finishing that sentence because I was inspired once again to write about Facebook’s increasing creepiness. You’ve probably seen a few messages in your news stream that Facebook has begun storing all of the contacts on your mobile device.
That’s my biggest question. Why would I need my cellphone contacts in Facebook? If I need to call someone, I would do it from my cellphone. If I didn’t have their number and I was friends with them, then chances are I can’t remember who that person actually is or how I know them. It’s probably that random friend of a friend that I met at a party, had a cool conversation with, but don’t particularly care whether I see them again and thus will never need to call them.
And why do I feel violated?
I guess Google does this, but it’s because I’ve purposely clicked a box to allow my Google Contacts to sync with my phone. Facebook you just did it. Couldn’t you have just asked?
How much longer will I put up with this?
It seems like with every move Facebook makes, it gets sketchier. I won’t say I’m ready to nuke my account or anything like that, but I do hope that something new comes along.